Memorial Day is unofficially the start of summer. Everything is blooming in vibrant color. Seedlings are finally free from overnight frost, birds and tree frogs charge the air with their rich sounds and we inhale the comforting scent of fresh cut grass. Families and friends fire up their grills and gather for the first barbecues of the season. At this time when life abounds, it is important to remember that Memorial Day honors the men and women who have died while serving in our armed forces. We honor their lives and acknowledge that the life we enjoy on this Memorial Day comes from the sacrifice of others.