Memorial Day is a day we dedicate time to honor all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of the rest of us. They have done so while in the act of defending our freedoms and protecting the liberties that we are all so privileged to enjoy as Americans.
My grandfather, Elmer Huter, served in World War II on the submarine USS Silverside. The USS Silverside was awarded a commendation for being the submarine to sink the most tonnage of the Japanese Navy. Elmer lost much of his hearing while trying to detect mines laced in the bay protecting Tokyo, but many of his fellow service men and women lost much more.
I am, of course, so proud of my grandfather Elmer! As an American I could not be prouder of anyone than I am of all the men and women who have died in the service of safeguarding you and me and protecting our way of life.
It is sad to me that the curriculum in some schools do not emphasize and devote the proper time to recognize the incredible sacrifices so many have given the rest of us. Amy and I have taught our children to understand and appreciate what these great men and women in uniform have provided us.
Our tradition on Memorial Day is for our entire family to attend a ceremony honoring these brave men and women and place flags on their graves. May God Bless the souls of every member of our military who has died while in service!
And thank you, to all of you who have served in the United States military!