Before you fire up the grill or fill your trunk with beach chairs and towels to celebrate the long weekend, let’s take a moment and remember why many of us are enjoying an extra day off of work and time with family and friends.

Memorial Day is a day to remember the brave soldiers who have given their life for this country, whether here in the United States or in conflicts around the world. Our freedoms rest, in part, on the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform - and the sacrifices of their families who lost so much.

While you’re standing over the grill, flipping burgers or soaking up the sun on Honeymoon Island or Clearwater Beach, take a quick moment to think of the lives lost, the sacrifices made, and the families changed forever all to help keep our country free. When you see a military member - active duty or retired - say, “Thank you.”

All of us at My Tampa Agent appreciate the sacrifices made by our military service members and their families. Thank you for all that you’ve done, all you do, and what you’ll do in the future to protect our country and keep us all a little safer.

Happy Memorial Day!