A complete stranger once believed you were worth it.

They never considered it a question of worth but always counted themselves lesser than the greater gain. Now free from a nation they freed, and lost to the lives they saved, they wonder from the heavens in valor and silence at a those of this barbecuing, forgetful nation who merely consider it an occupational hazard.

Memorial Day isn’t so much about being happy, but about taking a thankful moment of silent honor away from the grill to recall their merits of sacrifice at any price.

Then eat your burger, jump in your pool and be very, very happy that a complete stranger once believed you were worth it.