Remembering

Do you remember?

Memorial Day is taking the time to remember.

To remember all those in uniform who have sacrificed so generously and courageously for our country.

To remember the families — the partners, children, and others — who spent so much time separated from their loved ones, who waited and waited for the joyous return without knowing if there would be one, and especially for those who suffered a loss, leaving a painful gap that could never be filled.

To remember my father who fought on the front lines in Europe during World War II and came home victorious but wounded in spirit.

To remember those spread across our planet doing their best to serve our country and others, some in danger, others far from home and family, all sacrificing for a nation desperate for peace but reluctantly ready for war.

On this Memorial Day, let’s take a few moments to remember and give thanks for courage and sacrifice and love.

3 Comments

  1. Terri Chlapek on May 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    So well said.

  2. Kim Berry on May 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful expression of the angst felt by those waiting for the return of their loved ones, be they standing, broken or fallen.

  3. Marsha Markham on May 30, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Good thoughts. My Dad also served in WW2. He was supposed to be in the Battle of the Bulge but had gotten permission to come home and see me before going back. While he was home the Army decided to give him another physical exam and Dad was found to have flat feet. Because of that he could not go back and served state side. A lot of his buddies died in that battle and my father always felt a little guilty that he wasn’t there. My father served in the infantry but at 6’5 1/2 he would have been one of the first targets. Needless to say I’m glad he was able to raise his family. God bless the men and women who have protected our country.

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