In May of 2009 my friend T and I had just hit the 6 month point of a year long deployment. We both wanted to go to the US for the summer and decided to try Space-A. I got to my in-laws house right before Memorial Day. We visited a local cemetery that was having an event. It was emotional to see so many people from the area together to remember those who had lost their lives.
I think it is very important for all Americans to not just look at Memorial Day as a day to bbq, find a great deal and have a day off. Those things are great but each and every American must remember the sacrifices that our American military has paid over the years. I know most Americans do think about this on some level. How could you not? But it is really important that it is #1 in our minds. That we remember that our freedoms are not free. We need to remember that on Monday there are wives, husbands, sons, daughters, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents and friends missing someone who paid the ultimate price.
All these photos were taken at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park in Santa Rosa, CA