Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day - May 26, 2014

As we get ready to observe Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment to share my heart with you as it relates to this holiday.  Like many others, my family and I will have a barbecue and we will love on one another, but all the while we will do it knowing that it is a privilege that has been afforded to us at the expense of so many brave men and women who made sacrifices and gave of themselves and time away from their family so that we might enjoy our freedoms.

As President Ronald Reagan said, “I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is.  Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”  At 18-years-old I attempted to enlist in the military and was told by a recruiter that because I already had three small children, it would not be the best situation for me.  I knew he was right but I wanted the opportunity to serve my country like so many brave men and women do.  I deeply respect all who have served, are serving or who will soon do so.  Thanks so much for all that you do to keep us safe and to protect our freedom.  I am forever grateful.

I want to say a special thanks to my cousin, Master Sergeant Alfred J. Dixon III, who has served in The United States Marine Corps for 27 years. I love, honor, and respect you for all that you do.



Chris Howell