This Memorial Day, as we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country, I think we should also take a moment to consider if we are living in a way that honors what they fought for.

I was out with friends a few weeks ago. We were hanging out at a crowded bar and I was fortunate enough to have a seat at the bar and the attention of a good bartender.

A couple came up behind me struggling to place an order. I kindly asked them what they wanted and waved over the bartender and ordered their drinks. It was the least I could do considering the circumstance.

A little while later another young couple found themselves in a similar situation. I did the same thing, asked them what they wanted and promptly got the bartender’s attention. While waiting for their drinks we got to talking. Turns out they both serve in the Air Force. I thanked them for their service and even hugged the young lady. I let her know if she needed any help ordering drinks the rest of the night that I would gladly hook her up.

Later in the evening this young couple wandered back and our conversation continued while they waited for their next round. The young lady thanked me. I looked at her quite puzzled by her comment. Why was she thanking me?

She said she had watched me help others get service. She told me she could tell I was a very kind person. She was thankful for knowing that there are people in this country that are kind to fellow Americans. It made her feel good about the job she does.

I was starting to tear up… I don’t know that I expect someone who sacrifices so much to protect me and my freedoms to thank me for simply being a good citizen. So, as you stop today and remember all of those who paid the ultimate price for our great nation, I challenge you to be a citizen worthy of thanks from those who risk their lives to protect our freedoms.