Memorial Day is very special to me. I am a Veteran, so was my dad and my son, and there is a day in November set aside for saying thank you for our service. But Memorial Day has a special reverence to it because it remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to preserve our way of life. There is a saying, “they gave away all of their tomorrows so that we could enjoy today.” That is so humbling to me that it shakes my core.
This weekend I was free to attend the church of my belief. I am free to speak my mind on any subject without the threat of imprisonment. I am free to move about this great country without restriction. And lastly I am free to pursue life, liberty and happiness, as long as I conform to the laws of this nation. For some of you it may not sound like much, but imagine not having just one of those freedoms, much less having all of them removed. That is why it is so important to take the time to remember our fallen.
When I think of all of my friends that went to Vietnam and didn’t return and some casualty’s names aren’t even on that wall, I stop and think. To this day, emotion overwhelms me when I stand at that wall. I find it interesting that there is only one memorial in Washington D.C. That would be Arlington Memorial Cemetery, all the rest are monuments. Even the word is preserved for something very special. If you have ever been to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, you will understand the word Memorial. The Old Guard has stood watch over the Tomb continuously since 1948, continuously! The west side of the Tomb reads, “HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD”.
America remains that beacon on the hill today, because of the sacrifice honored on this day, Memorial Day. Please take the time to reflect on this gift, and remember.