It's Memorial Day Weekend.................
As you go about celebrating with family, attending picnics, barbeques, and parades, having fun at the lake, or taking the extra couple of days to get caught up on things around the house, please remember the reason for the holiday...........
The wars that have changed people to the deepest part of their core...
The mothers who will never hold their children again.
The fathers, brothers, and sisters who grieve that same loss...
The husbands and wives who are raising children alone because their spouses committed to give their lives for our freedom - and did...
The soldiers, both men and women, who have literally lost their arms and legs to war, to try and make life better for someone other than themselves...
The soldiers who see the faces of dead comrades each time they close their eyes.
The soldiers who suffer in the elements and go without food and sleep for days on end to protect those around them.
The families and friends whose lives have been forever altered because their loved ones layed down their lives to help give freedom where there wasn't any.
The veterans who are now homeless because their participation in a war has taken their senility, removing their ability to function in society.
Please acknowledge these men and women who serve in the military because they want to create a better world for you and me to live in. Try to understand the commitment tied to those uniforms when you see them and let the people wearing them know how much they are appreciated.
(I once heard a kid tell a soldier that he wanted a costume like his to wear for Halloween. The soldier replied, "Son, this isn't a costume, this is a responsibilty." The kid said. "Then I want a responsibility." Oh, how little they understand....... ) The soldier just smiled and rubbed the little guy's head, "Maybe someday kid, maybe someday.")
I'm remembering my own dad today who served in The Korean War. Although he didn't lose his life to that war, he was greatly impacted by his service to it.
We all love and miss you so very much!
This is a prescheduled post. I hope it works this time.
I too appreciate the sacrifices made on my behalf. For the freedoms I now have...I say thank you. Thank you for standing in my stead.ReplyDelete
Hugs to all
What a beautiful post. Very heartfelt, and very true. I, too, am very grateful to all those who fought, and fight, to keep our freedoms. Thank you for sharing this.ReplyDelete
I hope you don't mind, but I think I'm going to quote you on my blog.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
God bless our American heroes, who have sacrificed so much. Beautiful post.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful tribute to your Dad and the men and women who have served and given so much for our freedom.ReplyDelete
You said it so well!!
Great post. It can never be said too often nor too loudly...THANKS FOR SERVING!ReplyDelete