Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, not only do I remember that freedom is not free, but I remind Chad because I think the meaning of some of our most important holidays are being lost on the younger generations.  For too many, today is a day off from work, a day to fish or BBQ.  Yes, it’s a day to spend with family and friends . . there are never enough of those days but more importantly, it’s a day to remember and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.

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We will never know and I hope we never find out what our lives would be like had these brave men and women not fought and died for this country.  Thank you doesn’t seem quite adequate, does it?

As I think of those who came before us, those who fought for what too many of us take for granted, and those who are away now defending our freedom, I also remember the wives/husbands who have been left behind to raise the children and keep the households going, as well as the kids who have given up their moms and dads.

I’d also like to thank those who are serving our country, as well as the family members left behind who worry and pray for these folks daily.  Thank you all for your service!

Comments

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    Sandy says

    You said it beautifully, Judy. Thank you for all who served our country and the ones who gave their lives so that we can live in a free country.

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    lw says

    On Memorial Day at Riverside National Cemetery, it’s like a party– music, food, flags, families– everyone honoring their lost veterans, whether they fell in battle (or in the case of my Dad, 60 years later from cancer.) It’s a beautiful sight.

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    Cindy in NC says

    Thanks for reminding us of what Memorial Day is all about. I’ve spent much of the weekend working on Quilts of Valor projects, mindful of how lucky our family is that our soldier came home from war unharmed three times. We know families who aren’t as fortunate

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    says

    Well said
    I totally agree, remember what the holiday really means.
    I stress that to my children as well.
    Kathie

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    says

    Amen, Judy! Blessings to the servicemen and women of this country. I also make it a day to remember my ancestors — many of them wore the uniform, but thankfully, came home to their family from various conflicts. If it weren’t raining on and off, my flag would be out front!

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    says

    Well said – I love the holidays that really mean something – and I love that me and mine know what we give thanks for. Thanks you Judy L from Judy C

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    Linda H says

    Thank you for that thoughtful post, Judy. Your point is well taken re: teaching our younger folk. We must never forget.
    We must keep our military in our prayers. How awful it would be to serve out on the front with no backup support at home.

    God bless America!

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    Perry says

    Thank you for this post. We are letting our youngsters grow up without the awareness they need to have of what it takes and the toll it has taken to keep this country strong. I would like to add my thanks to all of our military personnel.

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    Mel Meister says

    Traditional Memorial Day, May 30th, has been my birthday for the past 60 years as well. We used to call it Decoration Day and would go to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of our veteran loved ones.. my grandfather and some uncles.

    I believe my very patriotic nature has come from sharing a birthday with such honored remembrance.

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    Sara in AL says

    I remember an interview on TV once, the reporter asked a little girl what Memorial Day meant to her. She said, “The pool opens today.” And the 4th of July is fireworks, Labor Day the pool closes, and Christmas is just lots of presents. We have lost the sense of the reason for the holidays.
    Your post is well said Judy. My Dad and all of his brothers served in WWII, DH was in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Always grateful to all of those who serve the greater good. This also includes the firemen and police.