Memorial Day is May 28 and it is time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. In my humble opinion I feel it is not just a day to have off, or sales in stores or having a barbecue with friends and family. It is much more than that. This Memorial day, I find myself thinking what it means to be an American. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a country that allows us our personal freedom to express ourselves and to speak our minds. These freedoms comes with great personal sacrifice for those who leave family, friends, and jobs to serve the greater good. I know that for a fact for I served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict, although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and died serving their country. So please honor Memorial Day by attending parades in your community and saluting those who serve this country so well. Also if you know a veteran call him or her and thank them for serving our country and keeping us free from tyranny.