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May 30, 2011 / ebretzel

Happy (or sad?) Memorial Day!

I’ve always thought it seemed a bit contradictory to say “Happy” Memorial Day, when it’s a holiday to remember people who have given their lives serving our country. It’s really kind of a sad holiday when you think about it. On the other hand, today is not just about remembering people who have been lost, it’s also about celebrating our freedom, and giving thanks to the soldiers past present and future who have dedicated themselves to doing one of the most difficult jobs you can do. I, for one, do not envy them of it.

I personally do not know many people in the military, but I do have one good friend who I would like to say thank you to. Katie Zoller, one of my oldest friends and one of my favorite people. She joined the Navy Reserves in 2009, braved boot camp, and became a Master-At-Arms. Since then, she’s been doing her duties with the Navy, and recently went on active duty. While she may not ever see live combat (let’s hope!!!), she does know how to handle a gun, which to me is rather incredible since Katie is one of the sweetest, friendliest people I know. Thank you Katie for everything you’re doing for our country!

For many of us who are not intimately involved in the military it’s simply a time where we can enjoy a nice spring day with our friends and family. A premiere to summer – if you will. It feels very summery here in MN today. Those who had an early picnic planned (like my family) got rained out, but it’s now hot and muggy – a nice change to the cold, rainy spring we’ve been having so far.

The day mellowed out to be a beautiful, breezy evening and we did get out to enjoy a small picnic of our own on the patio this evening.

-Emily

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  1. Becca / May 31 2011 9:37 pm

    Don’t mess with Katie! : D

    Oh, and Katie if you are reading this, thanks for serving our country!

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