Memorial Day 2014 – Beer, BBQ, and Remembering.


About this time last year I wrote a post regarding the real meaning of Memorial Day and how it’s more than just about BBQ’s and partying. Sure, as Americans we all work hard and deserve to enjoy a long holiday weekend. The decision to do just that is one of the simple pleasures that our armed forces have fought for, and affords us the freedom to make our own choices of how we want to live. We should all be thankful for the sacrifices our brave men and women in service have made – past, present, and future. Many have died during duty to our nation and for those we should all offer a nod of thanks and remember them on this day. Freedom is not free and does come at a price. Let’s not forget that while we are having our fun this weekend.

My gal’s brother is in the Air Force and at this time last year he received orders that he was being sent over to Afganistan for another tour of duty. After many months there he returned home safe and sound, and now is back here in the states with his wife for good we hope. While hopefully enjoying some cold beers and tasty BBQ himself this weekend. He’s earned it.


I thought it would be appropriate to include the link to my Memorial Day post from 2013 so here it is if anyone wants to revisit –

This Memorial Day also holds some special meaning for yours truly since I am getting in shape to run a Tough Mudder on July 12 for charity. I am raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project which is a terrific organization that supports our wounded service men and women. With over $750 raised so far I am getting closer to my minimum goal of $1000 but want to garner as much in donations as possible by that day. Maybe $1200? Maybe $1500? Anything is possible, and goes to a worthy cause. Thanks to all those that have donated so far as I really appreciate your support!

Here is the link to my blog post about it, which includes a link to my donation page, and there is also a logo to click on in the top right under my pic on the homepage –



Thanks for reading and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend everyone! Time for some cold brews and tasty eats. Plus, maybe even take in a movie or two. Godzilla and X-Men for sure!

35 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2014 – Beer, BBQ, and Remembering.”

  1. Your outlook on this holiday is refreshing. Thank you for acknowledging that it’s okay to enjoy the long weekend while also reminding people that it is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
    As a USAF veteran myself and wife to a guy still serving active duty, even living this military lifestyle, I can’t fathom the pain of a loss like that. For those long gone as well as the recently departed, I will absolutely keep those individuals and their families in my thoughts today and I will be forever grateful for their sacrifice.
    Good luck with that Tough Mudder! I hear it’s no joke! 🙂
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  2. Phil – you are so correct – Memorial Day is not for barbecuing, or for sleeping in, or playing video games. It’s a day set aside to remember the many who served our country. I watched the parade and chronicled what I saw, I am hoping to put it all together in a Memorial Day post some time later today. Good luck with your upcoming event…. I checked on it and it looks incredibly difficult. Have a great week!
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  3. Thanks for this post Phil and Happy Memorial Day to you all!

    At a time of peace and general prosperity, it’s important for us to remember all the fallen men and women who fought so that we could be where we are today.
    I live in Germany so of course, it’s a complicated issue however, we are all able to live with the fact that the end of WWII was a good thing.

    In Berlin, we also celebrate the 1948 Berlin Airlift via my fellow British comrades, American and French cousins! As a result, in the last week alone, I was lucky enough to meet and shake the hands of the Royal British Legion in Berlin. Although I have no military connection like you Phil, I was nevertheless very proud, that in a room full of American and British Veteran soldiers, my son read a moving speech and represented my home-nation of Britain.
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  4. Hi Phil…
    Great tribute and Wonderful initiative on wounded warrior project, Thanks for doing a big difference with that contribution you are making Phil. The world would be a better place If each one of us do something. Please keep It up…
    Best wishes, Aquileana 🙂

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