Every Memorial Day we have a tradition. My dad has, for many years now, had that day off and as few and far between as his days off are it's always really exciting when one rolls around. So since we can always count on Memorial Day we've set that day aside as one of our few family days. We usually have some friends over, BBQ, hang out all day together, play games (usually at least one game of croquet), and sometimes end the night with a movie. This year was no differant except for the fact that this year we had some new friends to add to the festivities. :-) Our house was hopping this year! Some friends stayed all day, then there were others that popped in and out. Just when some would leave, a new batch would show up. As special as this family tradition is, we also always remember what the day itself is a memorial of and we are so greatful. Thankful for the men and women who, through the years, and with or without the support of the people of their nation, have sacrificed so much for my, our, freedom. I am of the belief that America hasn't made very many wise decisions here in the last few years, but that doesn't change the fact that I am proud and thankful to be an American.