Thank You for Serving!

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Happy Friday friends! It’s hard to believe it, but Memorial Day weekend is upon us. For those of us in the States that is not only the unofficial kickoff to summer but, more importantly, the day we remember those who have given their lives while serving us in the military.

When I first started thinking about writing this post today I didn’t think it fit very well with personal finance. After giving it more thought though, Memorial Day has a strong link to personal finance. It’s quite simple really. We have freedom to do what we like, believe in what we want to believe in and do things with our money that are important to us because of the freedoms earned and kept by those who have given their lives for us.

The fact that I’m able to run my own business, do things I enjoy at home without fear of imprisonment and say the things I do here on Frugal Rules are all thanks to the those who gave their lives while serving for us. While that is weighty to think about, it’s also humbling to know we have such freedoms. I also believe it’s something we can too often take for granted, which is a shame and something I know that I’ve been guilty of myself.

I know that Veterans Day is really the day that we remember those who have served in the military and Memorial Day is the day we remember those who have died while in service. That said, I wanted to take this Memorial Day as an opportunity to thank my family members, alive and deceased, who have provided military service to our country.

  • My grandfather who served in the Navy, in the South Pacific, during WW II
  • My uncle who served in the Air Force, in Goose Bay, Labrador, during the Vietnam War
  • My step-father who served in the Army doing one tour in Vietnam
  • My father-in-law who served in the Navy, in Vietnam from 1969-1972
  • Mrs. Frugal Rules’ uncle who served in the Air Force Air National Guard from 1968 – 1974
  • Mrs. Frugal Rules’ uncle who received the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in the Air Force, and who retired in 1984
  • Mrs. Frugal Rules’ grandfather who served in the Army and received a Purple Heart during WWII
  • Mrs. Frugal Rules’ grandfather who served in the Army Air Corp during WWII
  • My step-grandfather who was in the Navy, in Europe and Australia, during WWII
  • My uncle who served in the Navy during one tour in Vietnam
  • Others in extended family

So, whatever you’re doing this weekend, whether it be enjoying the long weekend or working, take some time to give thanks and remember those who have fallen for us or served for us.

I know I will, as I will be brewing a Chocolate Hazelnut Stout with my youngest brother as well as spending some time with good family friends. While seemingly small, they are freedoms I enjoy and are freedoms I have because of what someone else has done for me.

So, no talking about money today. If you’re looking for articles about money feel free to check out some of my favorite ones from the past few weeks below or make sure to come back next week.  🙂

How I Knew I Couldn’t Continue Working for Someone Else on Making Sense of Cents 

Why I’m Quitting My Job to be a Stay at Home Dad on Luke 1428

The Power of Doing Just One Thing on Budgets Are Sexy

How I Paid for College Without Student Loans and Without the Bank of Mom and Dad on Color Me Frugal

Can a Marriage Survive a Debt Crisis? on Debt Debs

Are Student Loans Affecting Your Plans on Journey to Saving


What plans do you have to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend? Has anyone in your family served in the military? What’s one freedom you’re most thankful for?


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I'm the founder of Frugal Rules, a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. I'm passionate about helping people learn from my mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. I'm also a freelance writer, and regularly contribute to GoBankingRates, Investopedia, Lending Tree and more.


  • My wife is working in the morning on Memorial Day so we haven’t made any plans. We do have a housewarming party on Saturday as well as celebrating a friend’s birthday (plans TBD).

    That’s quite a list of veterans! Both my grandfather’s served in WWII and my sister-in-law is an active military member with a number of tours overseas. Definitely can’t thank them – and all our current military members and veterans – enough for their service.

  • debt debs says:

    Thank you for clarifying the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. In Canada we just have one day to honour those who serve and those who have died in service. It is called Remembrance Day and falls on November 11, same day as Veteran’s Day. Unfortunately, not all businesses are closed. Mostly government is, but private industry general is not.

    You have a lot of family members who have given their military service honourably. I have a great uncle in the UK that died during WW1 in his inaugural solo flight after training. I visited his grave a few years ago. My grandfather lost his leg in WW1 and due to experiencing the horrors of that war, encouraged my Dad to avoid his military service during WW2 by furthering his education. He eventually served after the war, in India.

    Nice tribute post, John. Thank you for featuring my post. Enjoy your chocolate hazelnut stout. Seriously, that sounds great! Love me some Guinness.

    • John says:

      Not a problem Deb. That’s interesting it’s all on the same day in Canada, though I think the importance is in the remembering. 🙂 It sounds like your family has a distinguished military history as well. Glad to do so Deb. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out as well.

  • Thanks for remembering the real reason for this holiday weekend. I’m heading to Chicago- and sometimes take for granted how safe and easy our lives our in the good ole US of A. Thanks to all of our troops (past or present)!

  • Kathy says:

    Thank you to our military….and may God keep you all safe!

  • I’m so curious about the future of the military. I feel that in two generations so much has changed. In World War II everyone served, in Vietnam the drafted served, and now, I barely know anyone from my generation who has joined up.

    • John says:

      I agree, at least on the aspect that the world climate has changed. However, many forget that the draft was around for WW II as well as for WW I.

  • Thank you John, for a beautiful post. As someone who also has numerous relatives and friends who have/are serving, and as someone who thinks often about the freedoms we have, our military personnel are near and dear to my heart. Thank you, to every single one of them, from the bottom of my heart. May God bless and keep you all.

    • John says:

      Not a problem Laurie, it’s the very least I could do. We have MUCH to be thankful for and so much of it is thanks to the service of our military.

  • Michelle says:

    Great post! 🙂 Wes and I both have several relatives who have served and who are currently serving in the military. So thankful for them.

    Also, thank you for the mention. Have a great weekend!

  • Wow, you do have a long list of relatives who have served! One of my grandfathers served in WWII and I had an uncle who served in Vietnam. We are very thankful for them and all who serve. Not many big plans for us this weekend, we are having a little staycation. Thanks for the shout out this week John!

    • John says:

      Yes, it’s so important to be thankful for all we have as it can be so easy to forget. Have fun with your staycation. : )

  • Lauren says:

    A chocolate hazelnut stout? I’m coming over! 😀 We don’t have any plans for the weekend, other than cleaning up the basement and hopefully getting rid of some stuff. Not too exciting, but it’ll be nice to just hang around home.

  • No big plans in the CNA house this weekend. My father served, I don’t know too much about any further back than that, but I do know that my dad was in the Navy for years

  • Great post. Too often people just think of Memorial Day sales or the start of summer, when really we should thank those who served and are currently serving. They protect us and allow us the freedom that we enjoy. I don’t really have set plans, things are still up in the air. But I am looking forward to having Monday off. I really need a long weekend. I’ll be happy to get some extra rest and relaxation.

    • John says:

      Thanks Andrew! I agree, that’s what most think of when that’s not really the case for the Holiday at all whatsoever. I feel you there on the long weekend, I’m looking forward to that myself.

  • Grayson Bell says:

    I have a post going up on Memorial Day thanking those who have protected us. While I tend not to pay attention to sales, I need to this weekend. With the new house move coming soon, we need a few things that we can save a lot. I don’t like doing it, but I do like saving money. I will not shop on Monday.

  • Wow John, that is quite an impressive list of family members who have served! My grandfather was in the Army and served in Korea. My uncle was in the Army and served in Vietnam and my dad graduated from the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force for 15 years after that. He was deployed during the first Gulf War; however, because there was almost over planning involved there, he was shipped to London to work in a back up hospital. They never got any patients and we all joked about how much weight my dad gained while he was there because all he did was eat fish and chips and chip buddy sandwiches which were just french fries on white bread with mayo. 🙂

  • Amy says:

    Well said, John. It’s very easy to forget why we have the rights and privileges we do.

    Both of my grandfathers served in WW II, but no one since then.

    We’ll spend our long weekend together as a family, and visit out-of-town friends one day.


  • I shamefully didn’t even think about a difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day (even though my Mom and a bunch of my relatives served/serve in the Army!).

    Thanks for reminding us all to be thankful and keep our service men and women in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We have our problems, but at least we are free to have those problems and I do thank the men and women who fought and died to protect that freedom. We have had a few family members serve, although not as many as you have. Chocolate Hazelnut Stout sounds quick delicious and I am more of a wine aficionado. We will be spending plenty of time with family this weekend too. Happy Memorial Day!

    • John says:

      That’s the great thing Shannon, we are free to have them when many others are not. Sounds like you have a fun weekend in store Shannon, have a good one!

  • Mmm home brewed beer! Always good to remember what this holiday really means besides BBQ’s! Have a great weekend John!

  • E.M. says:

    That is quite the list, John! This was a great message and reminder to be thankful to those that made amazing sacrifices for us to enjoy our freedom. Thank you for sharing my post as well. Have fun brewing that beer!

  • We have so many freedoms to be thankful for. I am very grateful to be a citizen of such a country and to be able to live the life I’m living. Thanks to all of those who paid the ultimate price so that we could enjoy it all today.

  • Thanks so much for sharing my post John. Enjoy your Memorial Day tomorrow.

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