Memorial Day reminds us of the men and women, past and present who served and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As we set aside a day to pay homage to these heros it becomes even more beautiful when sports is involved.
At a Minnesota Twins game Annie and Alex Buresh thought they were on the field for a race before the Twins game in Minneapolis on Sunday, but when they got to the finish they found a surprise — their dad, United States Army Master Sgt. Rob Buresh, who was just back from deployment in Afghanistan. The family, from Kasson, MN, had not seen their dad since January.
After Buresh greeted his daughters and his wife on the field, several Twins players stopped to meet him, greeting him with handshakes and hugs. According to the MLB.com:
“That was a lot more nerve-wracking than I thought it was going to be,” Buresh told MLB.com. “It feels awesome. I can’t put it into words.”
This kind of story brings tears to my eyes. Not only am I proud of the MLB for their part in making this day special for the family, I'm reminded of those who won't have this opportunity. Memorial Day should make us proud of our soldiers and help is to remember that freedom isn't free. There is a cost.
We will always honor and remember those who paid the price.
Congrats to the MLB and to the Buresh family.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
**parts of this story contributed from offthebench.nbcsports.com