It is a day of remembrance for those that have signed up to serve our country and especially for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us can be free. We are free to go on picnics, watch parades, baseball games and car races and generally to enjoy a day of freedom to choose.
Almost everyone knows someone that has served our country but most people don't take the time to say "thank you, I appreciate what you do" to them or take the time to remember those that are no longer with us, please do.
But we also need to remember that there are those that have served our country but had never planned to do so, like the crew and passengers of United flight # 93. Those brave individuals got on a plane that morning for a business trip, a vacation or just to go home. When they took off on that plane they had no idea that they were about to serve our country by protecting our Capitol from terrorism.
Their courage and selflessness is memorialized in Shanksville PA. On a recent road trip I stopped to visit the memorial. It reminded me that we need to thank and remember everyone that has served our country, past and present. It was also a reminder of why I am proud to be American and why I live in the "Home of the Brave."