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On The Fence

Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 5/20/2015, 7:17 p.m.
It's amazing how fast time flies but after a long and cold winter, a very wet and windy spring, Memorial ...
Bobby Leach

It's amazing how fast time flies but after a long and cold winter, a very wet and windy spring, Memorial Day weekend cannot come fast enough. This weekend there are several baseball, softball and soccer tournaments scheduled throughout the greater Joliet are and we as always intend to see as many of those games as we can possibly squeeze in under what hopefully will be sunny and warm weather.

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite holiday weekends largely due to the fact we can officially kick the cold to the curb and look forward to another great summer but there is much more to the holiday than sporting events and family cook outs which we should all be mindful of.

The purpose of the holiday is to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms and still many more have put their own personal lives on hold in an effort to serve all who call this country home. Whether in the military, public service, teaching or even those who have donated resources, there are so many who deserve to be memorialized and we should all take a moment to do so on Memorial Day.

I want to take this opportunity to say publically thank you to all of those who sacrificed something in their lives for the interest of my life. I have been blessed to be born an American and have enjoyed tremendous opportunity and quality of life as a direct result of the sacrifices of those around me. Let it never be said that we live in a nation without charity, without compassion or without a collective willingness of self sacrifice.

May each of you enjoy a great weekend with family and friends around a ball field, grill or at on of the many area celebrations scheduled in our area. Finally, be safe and don't drive if you have consumed anything that could impair your driving abilities.