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
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?
Photo courtesy of: Jim Voorhies