As the son of a man that served his country for 26 years in the United States Air Force, I believe that Memorial Day is a little more special to me than to the average person. We still barbecue and spend time together as a family like most of the country but I think we understand the meaning of Memorial Day a little bit better since we have a greater first hand knowledge of the sacrifice made by our veterans.
Memorial Day is also very special to Spurs fans and not only because San Antonio also happens to be Military City USA. On Memorial Day 15 years ago I was lucky enough to be in the Alamodome for the Memorial Day Miracle. Unfortunately I was only 6 years old at the time so I don't remember much about the game but thankfully I remember Sean Elliott's shot. It was that shot that caused me to fall in love with the game of basketball and that made me into a life long Spurs fan.
For those who don't know it was Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs had a 1-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs were down by 18 points in the 3rd quarter. The Spurs stormed back to cut the lead to 5 before the end of the 3rd. Portland continued to hold off the Spurs throughout the 4th quarter. With 12 seconds left and the Spurs down by 1, they fouled Damon Stoudamire. Stoudamire split the free throws to push Portland's lead to 2. Then this happened:
Sean Elliott 's Memorial Day Miracle (via AirTexas)
The Spurs went on to sweep the Blazers to advance to the franchises first NBA Finals. They would capture the franchises first championship over the New York Knicks in 5 games. Sean Elliott would receive a kidney transplant just 76 days after that shot. Many people, including myself, consider it to be one of the biggest shots in Spurs history standing right next to Robert Horry's game winning 3 pointer in overtime of Game 5 of the 2005 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons.
I encourage you to think about all of those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our great country because if it wasn't for them we might not get to enjoy moments such as the Memorial Day Miracle.