It would be strange to me to be in a place where there are no men and women in uniform in just about every place of business throughout town. I had some friends from out of town out to lunch one day and they commented on how they thought it was strange how many military there were... I don't know it any other way.
It's not uncommon to have many friends in the military and on this memorial day I take the time to remember those friends who have come and gone and given their lives in the service. A friend, who lost her spouse four years ago in Iraq said the following (she borrowed this quote from another friend):
Remember this Memorial Day; when you’re eating your barbecue, smiling and laughing, that in another house somewhere, there’s an empty chair where a hero should be sitting. They gave up their lives so that you can sit with your family. So take a moment to think about the heroes that did not make it home and for those who are still serving around the world. “All gave some, some gave all!”
Eventually you'll see photos of men and women waving flags over "Freedom Bridge" here in Tillicum - but for now... Photos of the flag installation which runs up and down Union Avenue on every military affiliated holiday...
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, ESV)