Honoring Our Military during Military
Yes … Memorial Day may be known for its great retail
sales, family cookouts, and the day the pool opens, but the holiday itself
deserves the utmost respect and honor. Coming from a family of war veterans
spanning 3 generations, Memorial Day holds a special place in my heart.
While planning how to spend this Memorial Day,
let’s not forget who we should
remember…soldiers who paid the ultimate price. Liberty Tax would like to take a
moment to honor such soldiers like Pfc. Ross McGinnis, a 19-year-old
from rural Pennsylvania and the youngest soldier in his unit. McGinnis saw a
grenade land inside his unit’s Humvee and yelled a warning to his fellow
soldiers. He had time to jump from the truck but instead threw himself on the
grenade, saving his fellow soldiers. He died instantly.
And we send a salute to Petty Officer Second
Class Michael A. Monsoor, 25, a Navy Seal who was killed in 2006 because he,
too, threw himself on top of a grenade to save others who were with him.
Let’s not forget those soldiers who went
before my time…who helped build this great country.
While we celebrate Memorial Day on May 27th,
take time to remember our fallen heroes as well as active service members and
veterans for their courage and devotion. Their sacrifices have protected the
freedoms and beliefs that we so easily exercise.
Here are some ways to preserve such an
important American tradition:
- Attend your local Memorial Day parade.
- Research veteran and military-affiliated
organizations and become involved.
- Fly your U.S. flag at half-staff.
- Participate in the “National Moment of
Remembrance” at 3 p.m. No matter where you are, take one minute to pause and pay
- Visit memorial sites or war museums.
- Thank a military family.
- Wear a red poppy.
Headquartered in a military town, Liberty Tax
knows firsthand the impact that our military has made. Several of our employees
and franchisees have served or are serving our country. To pay respect to our
military and their families, Liberty Tax has partnered with organizations such
as Wounded Wear and Cell Phones for Soldiers. To see how we are making a
difference or to learn how you can contribute, visit our website.