“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours” -William Bruce
That quote is from a poem entitled “Memorial Day” which is fitting for today. While many people view Memorial Day as an excuse for a 3-day weekend, BBQs, and breach trips, the fact of the matter is that it is so much more. Memorial Day has been celebrated in this country since 1868 and is a day to honor those that have died serving our great country. While I am a VERY proud Army wife, and I am always appreciative when people honor Chris and thank him for his service, we both are in agreement that today is not about him. Memorial Day is about remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is their lives that marks the price of freedom.
Today is a hard day for many Servicemembers as their pause and remember their brothers and sisters that never got to come home. Their exterior may be tough, but these grown men and women will have a lump in their throat as they remember. My heart aches for the families that will never be whole again. For the mothers, wives, and children who never got to attend a welcome home ceremony crying happy tears and instead had to lay the one they loved most to rest.
So today, go about your day, enjoy your time off, and laugh with friends at your neighborhood BBQ. Life is too short not to relish in the happy memories. However, I ask that at some point throughout the day you offer up a prayer of gratitude to the fallen. For it is because of those Soldiers (Sailors, Marines, and Airmen too) that we get to enjoy a cold beer on a hot summer day with friends without fear. At the end of the day freedom isn’t free …. it’s been paid for. And will continue to be paid for as long as there are brave men and women willing to wear the uniform. While you’re at it … say a prayer for their families too because they are continue to pay the price every single day they live without their loved one. And they do it with grace.
Happy Memorial Day.