Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

Growing up here in Indianapolis, Memorial Day has always been flavored with the roar of race car engines, and checkered flags. The Indianapolis 500 will celebrate it's 99th running on Sunday. We always spent the day listening to the race on the radio, and cheered for our favorite drivers. Mine was Al Unser, Sr.  As a kid, I wanted to grow up to be either a race car driver, or an astronaut. (Don't tell my wife, but I still harbor those dreams.)

That's funny, I grew up in Indianapolis, too! We could hear the racecars from our backyard (they are loud!) as we listened to the race on our little AM radio, and ate corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes. I was just telling your niece that I think the Indy 500 would be be more fun if they were electric cars driven by robots. It's funny how we ended up having so different dreams.

Memorial Day is full of traditions for many. Most of us will spend the holiday with family, enjoying a picnic, and relaxing on lawn chairs in the sun. But for many military families, there will be empty chairs.

I'd like to say thank you to all of our veterans for their service, and to their families for the sacrifices they make every day. And my family will say a special prayer for you, and for those who have sacrificed their lives to keep us free.

Memorial Day is a complex day full of a range of emotions here. But we can discuss those on another day. For now, you are right: we can all pause and thank our veterans who gave their lives for our country.

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