Can you remember how you spent this past Memorial Day? I still can. I woke up nice and late, studied for German and Physics... really... and ate Chinese with my family. Now, I pride myself on my reflective nature; but I must shamefully admit that I forgot all about the true purpose of the holiday until the evening news came on, and I watched parts of memorial services held all over the country. I was especially upset with myself because members from both sides of my family have served their respective countries in the armed forces. That night, as Tuesday and finals week gradually approached, I began to think about how we as human beings have an alarming tendency to not give credit where it is due; that we leave too many of our deserving heroes unsung; that oftentimes we fail to fully appreciate what others have done for us.
Take our parents, for example. They have worked hard and sacrificed a great deal in order for us to be here today. We should be grateful for siblings as well, if we have them. They know you better than anyone and can be your closest friends, especially when you happen to be in different countries for a few weeks. And speaking of friends, we ought to be thankful for them too, because they willingly lend us a hand or an ear when we need it most, and they don’t mind sharing the good times with us either. And how about our teachers? Sure, we all complain that Mr. or Ms. So-and-so didn’t have to assign that thirty-page report. But he or she didn’t have to read it either, nor did he or she necessarily have to help you understand your mistakes so that you could improve for next time. We owe a lot to a great many people, and let’s hope none of us forgets it.
In closing I’d like to thank my parents, Phil and Soheila, and my sister Krissy for their love, help, and support. Also, a big thank you to all my friends near at hand and far away, especially my LC girls, Sugar, Taco, Dre, and Jewel— please keep in touch! And finally, thanks to all my teachers for their guidance during the past four years. I guess this is where I’m supposed to throw in an obligatory quote or two, so... “knowing is half the battle,” and for Mr. Carney, “physics is life.” Congratulations and good luck to you all!