Memorial Day is the day where we remember those who have lost their lives fighting for this country, our freedoms, and the ability to enjoy a weekend. I knew that the one place I wanted to spend that was at the Saratoga National Cemetery.

You may have seen a couple of weeks ago that I posted about the opportunity to place flags at the gravesites of our veterans over Memorial Day weekend. I volunteered at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Saturday and it's definitely going to be a new annual tradition for me.

It was an honor to place all of the flags on the graves of people who fought for us and even more so, to witness two Gold Star Ceremonies. We broke up into groups and each group used the special poker to make sure the flags were aligned properly. After we placed a few flags, the Veteran in our group read each soldier's name and saluted them.

Just hearing the names of all of the people, seeing the number of flags, it was incredible. The Patriot Guard was there saluting the two ceremonies that I witnessed, as well as the other further away in the cemetery. To hear the stories of these two men from World War II who put their lives on the line to safe their fellow soldiers was so moving. One soldier in particular knew the mission he was about to go on, was one he wouldn't leave from, knowing that, he volunteered.

Many people celebrate the weekend with BBQs and burgers, which is fine, but I was so happy to take a moment to reflect on the real reason for the weekend and hopefully, you can join me next year.


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