As a veteran, Memorial Day means a lot of gratitude to many people whom I’ve never seen and don’t know.

In towns and cities across the nation, veteran memorials commemorate all those who have fallen. When I read the names etched into these memorials, I try to imagine what their lives were like. Chances are, they were short. But usually I don’t think about them going to war and dying, just about what they were missing back home.

While serving in the military, I found myself missing the small things from home. Like the 4th of July — potato salad, the smell of the grill, and the kids laughing.

So this Memorial Day, I invite people to remember all the men and women who died in the military. They all signed up to serve our country. And they gave up those small moments we enjoy every day.

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about Karl

As an assistant sales manager, Karl develops team-building exercises to help create a cohesive working environment in our Sioux Falls office. With 6 years under his Esurance belt, Karl is also a former Navy Seal who spent 6 years in the military. If Karl wrote a book about Esurance, he'd call it: "It's Esurance Ma'am, Not E-Insurance."