Whilst many of you might think it simply means an excuse to take a day off of work and to cook burgers and drink beers, Memorial Day means a whole lot more. When I think of Memorial Day, I stop and give pause to all those servicemen and women who answered the call of their nation no matter where they stood on the religious, cultural and political spectrum and no matter whether they agreed with the conflict at hand or not. I think that these men and women are people to be admired for they believed in something so strongly that they were willing to put themselves in harm's way and risk paying the ultimate price in which some did. I think of veterans of wars past. "All gave some but some gave all". Many of these guys earned the title of "The Greatest Generation" for a reason. Included in this generation was my grandfather, an artillery man stationed in the European theatre. He was fighting for basically all the marbles back in the 40's. By the time he returned home, his 2 year old boy didnt know who the hell he was and was actually frightened of him. Imagine your own child not recognizing you? That man was an avid Red Sox fan and actually rescued me from being a dreaded Yankees fan as a child (I have pictures of me as a baby wearing Yankees hats etc...) It was because of his passion that I became a rabid Sox fan and then a rabid Pats fan. He was born in Sept 1918 and died on January 14, 2004. Only 9 months before his beloved team would win the world series. I think of the families of these fallen heroes who are also paying the ultimate price. These are the forgotten heroes of war. Many parents losing children, many children losing parents. I think of the society who seems to sometimes take these freedoms that are provided and secured for us on a daily basis for granted. We dont know anything close to the effort and sacrifice paid in blood sweat and tears that these people provided for us and continue to provide for us. I think of people who would politicize a day like today to either make the "other side" look stupid or to somehow take the "moral highground" for "their side" This of all days is not for that. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, no matter whether you support our President or past Presidents or not, no matter whether you love our country or think it needs overhauling, you MUSt at some point today, remove your hat or at least pay some form of tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us here in this great nation can continue to enjoy what we have. And despite what some might think, we have a lot. I for one, thank all of you. Without your sacrifice, none of this would be possible.