Tops of US flags, photo reads, "Memorial Day. Honoring all who served."

A Memorial Day Thank You From Freedom-4-All

I was sitting here thinking about what to write about next on the Freedom-4-Alls blog page. I figured it would be something to honor our fallen vets this coming Memorial Day, which is only a couple of days away, but I was stuck. Suddenly, out of nowhere like a superhero, my wife appears and hands me her phone. It is a Facebook post from her dear friend Mitzi, (I have tried to start a FB page but get suspended every time I think of posting, so she has to show me people's good posts). She knows how highly I regard ALL who served and thought I should read Mitzi' words.

It was about the incredible dedication that goes into preparing a fallen soldier to get them ready for the final trip home to the family. The love and commitment to detail are amazing. From the washing and handling of the body, to the final uniform and medal preparations, nothing is left unturned. Now I must confess, I would hope and expect nothing less for these courageous men and women. So I felt a swell of pride and comfort knowing the great lengths that our military shows to the fallen.

When I turned 18, I thought about giving 4 years to the service, but because of issues at home and in my life, I chose not to. I've often wondered how my life would have changed if I had followed through. I wish to thank all veterans from the bottom of my heart for stepping up when I didn't. And want to say thank you to those who give all to make the last ride home for our ultimate heroes as honorable as possible.

I, we, salute you.

Don Conrad

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