Today is Monday, Memorial Day, May 31, 2010.
Today we will take the day off from work.
Today we will grill meat and eat it on buns.
Today we will fish, boat, swim, play golf and tennis, watch TV, go to dog parks and generally do our best to be worthless.
Today we will mark the unofficial beginning of summer.
Today, however, is a day for so much more.
Memorial Day began its history as Decoration Day, not long after the Civil War. The thirtieth day of May was designated to honor those who gave their all.
In 1971 it was designated as an official federal holiday and moved to the last Monday in May, giving Americans yet another of those 3-day holidays we cherish.
So, amid the relaxation today, take a moment, at least, to thank God for the liberties we enjoy.
Those liberties were bought and paid for by many brave men and women whose memories deserve being honored by us.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.