We honor the dead

Before we moved to Florida we lived in Arlington, Virginia, and our home was only a few miles from Arlington Cemetery.

I visited when a friend or family member from the military was laid to rest, and I was always shocked by how beautiful a place it is, the rolling hills of green lawns and majestic trees and row after row of white tombstones.

It was hard to imagine all the men and women who were buried there, so many of them having their lives cut short by war. It’s been said that, “Heroes don’t wear capes. They wear dog tags.” So true. And I mourn them all this Memorial Day.

I agree that though we need to honor the dead, the greatest honor we can bestow upon them is to treat the living well, giving all people the opportunity to live productive and free lives. And when we do that, perhaps war will no longer be necessary.

6 Comments

  1. Penny A L Prichard on May 29, 2016 at 7:26 am

    My son and his family are living in Arlington. Andy is stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters and his wife is in the CG Reserves. They took their three sons to Arlington for the laying of the wreaths at Christmas. I have some sweet pictures of these little guys but don’t see a way to add them.

    Love the quote.

    • Emilie Richards on May 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      I think you can add them on my FB page. We would love to see them.

  2. Nita on May 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Well said Emilie!

  3. Nancy Lepri on May 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Kudos, Em! My husband is a Navy Vietman Vet, and after all these years it’s gratifying that he along with other Vietnam vets are being recognized rather than spit on.

  4. Dell Martinez on May 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Your Sunday email on Memorial Day was right on!! You are right, “Freedom isn’t free”. Many souls were lost for us to live in freedom. I just wish everyone could experience gratitude for our heroes. I am a former member of the US Navy and I am a widow of a retired Marine.

  5. Jim on June 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I am 68 and I did a tour with the Navy when younger. I hate war, but I would go again tomorrow if they told me I was needed and I could serve well enough to not be more hazard than help. I would be proud to stand with our service men and women any time and anywhere.

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