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Memorial Day is Monday May 25.  For some people it is a day off from work to spend time with family.  Others use Memorial Day weekend as an excuse to go shopping.  Neither are reasons this time is set apart.  On May 30, 1868 Americans banded together to commemorate soldiers’ sacrifices and reflect on their commitment to defend this country with their lives, and we have continued this tradition.  It is a time to go to cemeteries and honor the men and women of this country who have died.  By remembering and reflecting on their actions, we can pay tribute to all soldiers killed in action.

We have the freedom of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.  Moreover, the blood of soldiers has contributed to protect the freedoms that so many people take for granted.

I recommend that parents use Memorial Day as a teaching tool for their kids.  Spend a little time adorning the graves of soldiers with flags or flowers at local cemeteries or memorials. Fly our flag at half-mast until noon.  Observer a moment of silence at 3pm.  Better-yet, contact the local VFW Post to see if a widow, widower, or orphan of a Vet needs a helping hand.  Maybe they need something done around their house or help getting to the grocery store.  Memorial Day is not a time to be self-absorbed.  Sacrifice a little time on Memorial Day to honor the memory of our fallen Veterans, because “the greatest causality is being forgotten”.

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kayak fireworksAs you, celebrate the anniversary of U.S. independence this forth of July please pause and reflect on the men and woman that have sacrificed their health and lives for the freedoms the we as Americans share. Several kayaking enthusiasts keep a special place in their hearts for our veterans.

There are several ways that a person can make a positive impact in the lives of our service men and women, instead of standing along a road holding a sign. You can donate money to the Wounded Warrior Project. Alternatively, you can volunteer at your local VA.

As kayakers, we donate our time to Team River Runner. On August 2004 Joe Mornini established this all-volunteer organization of kayakers in the Washington, DC, area to promote health and healing through whitewater boating. They work in partnership with The Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA, Team River Runner helps veterans of the Iraq, and Afghan wars recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating on the Potomac River. While the focus of Team River Runner’s work is on soldiers recuperating at WRAMC, Team River Runner also provides whitewater boating opportunities for family members as well as for other wounded veterans. There are also several other chapters throughout the United States. If you are on the water watching your local fireworks display on the Forth of July please watch out for poorly lit, and drunk power boaters. Just take a brief moment to reflect on the sacrifices of the people who are responsible for our independence. You could even leave a flower in remembrance of those who never returned home.

—Jeff