Memorial Day always reminds me of those who said goodbye, but never got to experience the joy and happiness of a homecoming. As much as saying goodbye hurts, the homecoming is so sweet it almost rectifies the pain from saying goodbye. I never want to become complacent or take for granted my freedom. I am so thankful for the eternal sacrifices made by past service members. I also hold their families close to my heart, not just on Memorial Day weekend but every day of the year.