Retail stores will tell you Memorial Day is all about barbeques and pool parties, but we in the SBC know that it is about so much more than sunburns and overcooked patties.

A three-day weekend is nice, but it sure comes with a lot of sacrifice. Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

It's a time to be thankful. A time to humble ourselves.

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day, originating after the Civil War to commemorate soldiers who died fighting. It was a day in which loved ones decorated their graves with letters, flags and flowers in remembrance and gratitude.

Today we celebrate everyone in uniform who has died serving this country.

This concept hits hard, especially in the SBC. It's almost impossible to find someone in this city who isn't a soldier, or is related to or friends with one.

Even if I never knew a man or woman in uniform, to think that there are millions who have laid down their lives for my freedom, leaves me speechless. These people are willing to die for those whom they will never meet; present and future.

It truly is the greatest act of love.

I find myself fumbling for the right words or actions to express my gratitude. Giving up a seat on a plane doesn't seem adequate, buying a meal doesn't come close, and making a donation seems feeble in comparison to the sacrifices our men and women make on a daily basis. Maybe one day I will find a way... maybe.

For now, I will continue to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, today and every day.

Steve Frost, ThinkStock