Remembering and Saying Thank You

Written by Joe Sands
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Photo of Joe Sands.We are nearing the end of our survey, but still have to fly the north-central portion of Alberta. On Monday, I will have been on the road for 23 days. It’s a long time to be away from your family, but is worth it when you are working at a job you love. That said, my sacrifice is particularly small when compared to thousands of other Americans serving our country around the world.

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day, and though the long weekend is a great opportunity to connect with family, get outdoors, and cook some good food, it is important to remember the sacrifices made by the women and men of the military, both past and present. Both of my grandfathers were veterans (one Navy, one Marines), and one received a purple heart for his service in the Pacific during World War II. I have several friends who are active in the military and have served overseas. The people I know and thousands of others all volunteered to help defend our country and protect our freedom. Without their selflessness, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel north and count waterfowl for three weeks each year. I am proud of my country and thankful for the opportunities it has given me. Thank you to the fine men and women military. You protect and defend our freedom every day, and you have my respect.

Please take a moment this Memorial Day to thank a current member or veteran of the Armed forces, and have safe and fun holiday.

Memorial Day Weekend, Veteran's Park, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photo Credit: Michael McCullough, Flickr

Memorial Day Weekend, Veteran's Park, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photo Credit: Michael McCullough, Flickr