Memorial Day will soon be upon us. It is often said that we celebrate Memorial Day, but in fact the day is a time for remembrance and reflection.
Certainly there are parades, picnics and parties, but the day should be solemn in nature as we honor the men and women who gave their lives to protect this country and what it stands for.
This is a day when each and every one of us should say a silent prayer for the fallen – those thousands and thousands of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can live in peace, secure in our homes and living a life that is the envy of the world.
Because Memorial Day is a national holiday, most of us will sleep a little longer, plant those flowers in the garden, and enjoy a cold one on the deck. But we need to take a moment of this down time to remember those who will never have the opportunity to enjoy this day.
Most families in this country know someone – relative or friend – who has been touched by war. Our cemeteries are filled with the tombstones of those who have died in battle. Whether World War II, the Korean War,Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan, brave soldiers have given their lives as they served this nation.
The least we can do, the living and the secure, is to take a moment of our day and reflect on their sacrifice, perhaps holding our hand to our heart or giving a firm salute and thanking those who died for us in a faraway country.
It is often said that war is hell and those that make it back from war will always be touched by the hell they experienced. But for those who did not return from war, it is up to us the living to never forget their service, their bravery, their patriotism.
This Memorial Day let us remember the fallen and honor them with our prayers and our quiet thanks. This country would not be what it is today without their service and their sacrifice.