“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”
― Joseph Rodman Drake
I admit, in the past I haven’t given much thought to Memorial Day. Not that I didn’t care or anything. I have always loved my country, for the most part, and I always appreciated the sacrifice the men and women in the military make in order to preserve the freedoms I enjoy everyday. I just saw it more the way corporations their commercials wanted me to see it.
”It’s the unofficial beginning of summer! Time to fire up the grill and eat and drink and have fun, fun, fun! The pool is open time to get a new bathing suit and pool toys and floaties! And hey since everybody is off of work (YAY!) why don’t you get a little shopping done because it’s time for our MEMORIAL DAY SALES EVENT!”
Every year I got farther and farther away from that, because I am getting older, and I really see it for what it is. I see the photos and read the stories of brave men and women throughout history and I am in awe of them! I also feel a sadness, a sadness for their loss and a sadness for the fact that there ever has to be war at all….
”We support you. We are proud of you. We stand in awe of your service.”
― President Barack Obama to the Troops at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, May 25, 2014
So let’s all remember what this day is really for. For me I think I will skip all the events and just stay home with my lady. We will fire up the grill and maybe have a few drinks but I will also keep in mind those who sacrificed their lives for freedom. I am thankful, no matter what my issues with this country are, I am forever thankful. I respect the bravery it takes to go to war, to fight, and to face death. To all those who have lost their lives, to those who are gone but will never be forgotten, I salute you! Thank you for your sacrifice.