This weekend, Americans will be enjoying cookouts, hitting the holiday sales and taking part in all the fun that comes with a three-day weekend. And that's just fine. But unfortunately, very few of the revelers will give much thought to the real reason we observe Memorial Day, which is to honor the memory of all the American veterans who have given their lives over the years to secure the freedom of our country.

It's actually one of America's most solemn days -- a time to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf by so many brave men and women. And family members of those fallen veterans, as well as the veterans who are still with us -- those who fought side-by-side with those heroes -- rightfully regard Memorial Day as a sad time, as they recall lost friends and loved ones who are no longer able to enjoy a simple cookout.

I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, and however you choose to spend your Memorial Day weekend, I hope you manage to enjoy every moment you spend with your loved ones. But if you happen to encounter one of those veterans -- or anyone who's lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father or mother in the defense of America -- don't wish them a "Happy Memorial Day." Because for them, it's probably not all that happy.

Instead, why not just say, "Thanks?"

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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