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Today is Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer.
Many of us spend today with friends and family enjoying barbecues, a dip in the pool, or a long weekend away.
Memorial Day is more than a reason for a big holiday weekend. Memorial Day is truly for honoring our military service members, honoring not just those who have given all but those who continue to answer the call to serve our nation, to protect and defend, to sacrifice the comforts of home and family when they are serving abroad.
As a once-upon-a-time Navy wife (my hubs was active duty 1995-2000), I have seen first hand how hard our military members work and how difficult the separations are on their spouses and children.
Although life as a Navy wife was challenging, most of my memories of Navy life center on the deep-seated pride and honor that drives our our military service members. No one goes into the military to get rich; those that enter the service and continue to serve past their initial obligations truly believe in their mission of upholding and defending America.
If you'd like to do something today to honor your local service men and women, Kroger has a great opportunity to help you donate to the USO this year. As the USO prepares to celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2011, Kroger has partnered with them and set a goal of $1 Million in donations from Kroger, Kroger-banner stores, and their customers.
If you're interested in donating (any amount is ok and your donation is fully tax-deductible) follow this link to learn more. You can also read about ways to get involved with hands-on volunteering opportunities with your local USO right here.
Enjoy your weekend and be sure to thank any of your friends and family who have served!
*Disclosure: Although I have worked with Kroger in the past on different campaigns, this post was not solicited by Kroger nor am I being compensated in any manner for it. I simply wanted to share this chance to give back to the USO with you.