As we approach Memorial Day, let us remember what this day stands for. This is not a holiday weekend which marks the beginning of summer vacation season.

This, ladies and gentlemen is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May to honor every man and woman, regardless of he color or creed who unselfishly gave up their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

It was first known as Decoration Day and it originated in the years following the Civil War. This then became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

So besides paying tribute to those who died so we could enjoy the freedoms we still have. Lets also pay tribute to the true grit of those Americans from Oklahoma to our eastern shores, who have experienced recent and past devastation and are now beginning to rebuild and climb to new heights. These resilient folks are bringing a spirit of hope and empowerment to their local communities, where people are breaking into cycles of renewal.

Their mission is rooted in showing US that they themselves are the critical contributors of positive change, not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of others like them.

Reflected in a belief that everyone can be a giver and a receiver as we seek to find constructive solutions for our society's complicated issues.

Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen heroes. Those who have fought and died, so that we can all enjoy the freedom we have in America. God bless them, their families and their memories. They will not be forgotten. Enjoy your freedom, health, family and friends. But also remember to think about someone else, do something for someone.

May God Bless America!