Yesterday, my community mourned and celebrated the life of a fallen hero,Steven Smith. He died earlier this week rushing into a fire, leaving behind a wife and three girls. More than one thousand people from around the state attended his funeral. Hundreds lined the streets to pay their respects as his casket slowly drove from the local high school, past his fire station, to the cemetary. Intermittently along the route American flags lined the sides of the street. Traffic stopped for a couple hours as the town paused to honor this man and the courage and service to others that he represented.
Too often we rush through life and ignore the opportunities we have to thank those who serve us until it is too late. This holiday weekend, join me and take a minute to thank those who serve and are willing to give their all for us.