I had a hard time finding a nice banner for this post and for what i want to say. most say "happy memorial day" and it dawned on me that it is NOT a happy day at all. i don't know where that caption originated from. to me, at least, memorial day is about remembering those who gave their lives to keep us safe and maintain our freedoms.
I wouldn't call it a happy day. i would rather call it a day of reflection and remembrance of who ever you knew that lost his or her life for our country... and to thank those who continue to sacrifice so many things to assure our freedoms. our military willingly fight, and at the same time attempt to bring peace to other nations in turmoil.
When i see one of our soldiers taking the time to pay attention to strangers who are part of a society we consider enemies, i beam with pride. not all of them wish to harm or are terroristic... many are innocent and scared because they are caught in a country that is evil. when one of our people stops to talk or attempt to show those people [and animals] that we do in fact care and love them, i get all choked up...
I cant imagine what it would be like to be in a hostile country and retain hyper vigilance 24/7 because i could be killed at any time... what would living in that state of fear and anxiety eventually do to me? and to then see people in need, clearly frightened- and to let my guard down to help them in some way without even thinking twice of the risk, i mean who does that? i don't think i could. and how much compassion and courage does that one little act alone, take?
Our soldiers put their personal stories and lives on the back burner to assist people they never met before. there is no one braver or more humbled, than the American soldier. and to me it doesn't matter if they ever see combat or spend their whole enlistment time in an office pushing paper work... they are ALL part of the same team. they are ALL doing this for you and me and ours. they have my highest respect and gratitude and i pray for them to remain safe.
When i was still working on my unit, we often had military families as we are right next to Offutt Air Base. i made sure i had a chat with every military family i took care of. i personally thanked them for everything they do. because it might be my only chance to give a pat on the back to a hero.
What they do encompasses their whole family. it's their personal mission to do this service as a family, usually with one parent [or other family member] staying behind to handle the home and kids... the worry, the loneliness, the unknown. it is a FAMILY affair, a FAMILY sacrifice, a FAMILY gift to the rest of us .
That is what i think of on memorial day. yes, we picnic and celebrate a day off from the grind of work, have a few beers... and there's nothing wrong with that... however let's also remember what this day is really about and ask God to bless and watch over those who are brave enough to step up to protect the rest of us.
My wish to you is to have a safe, grateful, thankful, family and love filled day, compliments of our enlisted people.