Next week, as a nation, we will be celebrating Memorial Day 2013. Each year, this day is set aside to remember those individuals who lost their lives while protecting our freedom. I have a great amount of respect for the individuals who serve in the United States military, to protect us and protect our country.
Since I was a child, Memorial Day has meant a lot to me. Even though my father was never part of the United States military, he took great pride in honoring our service personnel. My father used his position as a television star and radio host as a platform to raise money for war bonds. I remember seeing images and hearing stories about my father standing next to the Washington Monument and rallying the masses to raise money for the United States troops. Because of my father’s efforts and recognition of the armed forces, I learned the importance of the United States military and Memorial Day at a young age.
While I have never served in the military, I have two brothers who spent some time in active duty. One of my brothers was actually part of a film crew that traveled the world to capture video footage and pictures that were sent back to America to document what was going on with our troops abroad.
Each Memorial Day weekend, I attend the Indy 500 with a group of friends. Prior to the race, the opening ceremony is dedicated to salute the members of the different branches of the United States military. Representatives from all branches parade around the track while hundreds of thousands of fans stand and cheer. During the ceremony, there is a moment of silence that will give you goose bumps. The loud and cheering crowd is suddenly silenced to pay tribute and memorial to all of our fallen service men and women. It is a moving experience that I am happy to be a part of every year. I will be attending this special event again for Memorial Day 2013.
To me, Memorial Day is a special day. Many people simply look at it as just another holiday or a day off from work. For Memorial Day 2013, I ask you to sit back and really think about what it must have been like for the families of the men and women who lost their lives defending our country. Think of the families who they left behind. Think of the courage and internal strength it must have taken these individuals who dedicated their life to defending our country and keeping our families safe. Use Memorial Day to remember and give thanks for the sacrifices that have been made for all of us.
Here at Celsius, Inc., we encourage you to share an image of your “hero” who has served in the military past or present. You can upload their image and story on the Celsius Facebook page at www.facebook.com/celsiusdrink . We look forward to seeing your posts and honoring members of the armed forces.