Memorial Day floods the radios, the TVs, the sale flyers, the hardware stores, and the party stores. Not to mention countless other places. It’s an extra day off from work. It’s a day we look forward to our barbecues, flowers and DIY projects. At least that’s what the stores and commercials keep telling us to do. Rarely do we hear what the day is really about. Most likely it isn’t about you or me. It’s about our fallen soldiers. Those men and women tucked away in hearts and memories.
Show respect for the fallen soldiers everyday.
There is no harder sacrifice than the ultimate sacrifice.
It’s not our day to claim for parties and home improvement projects.
We are still here, but they are not. They are the fallen soldiers who have changed our lives in ways we certainly don’t appreciate to its fullest. If we did, we probably wouldn’t be saying “Happy Memorial Day”‘ to the fellow next to us or the cashier in line. The military parades and ceremonies are a wonderful reminder. The cheap plastic toys and the crappy food the vendors push on the parade route are not. Why must we take over a day that doesn’t belong to us?
Memorial Day belongs to the fallen soldiers and to their families. If you are just thinking this day is about the soldiers that died in WWI, WWII, or Vietnam, it isn’t. It’s also the soldier that died yesterday, last week, last month, or last year. It’s the wife left behind with a young child. What’s is this day like for her? What is every other day of the year for the rest of her life like for her and their child? Maybe she is enjoying a barbecue in her husband’s honor, but maybe she is afraid to even walk out the door. Because we made it our day. A day when we should have been remembering her hero, the fallen soldier.
I am an Army wife, but I have not lost a soldier. My husband has lost friends. No make that brothers. He has been to war. Thank God he came home. I am honored to be here with him on Memorial Day, but this day isn’t about him either. Teach your children when they are ready. We spent some time this weekend talking about what it means to be a fallen soldier. Be proud of your flag. Even if you think our country and government is a big mess right now, the fallen soldiers have not died in vain. Remember our heroes today and every day.
The Fallen Soldiers. Remember our heroes. Not your barbecues.
Go ahead and enjoy your burger with friends. We enjoyed a small cookout, just the three of us. Just always remember it is for them not for you. Our fallen soldiers protected the ground in which you walk on every day. They have protected the future of your children and the safety of our nation. You don’t have to understand war. You don’t have to like war. You can bash the government and the president. But I beg you, don’t take away from the memory of these fallen soldiers with your parties that don’t utter a word of remembrance. Our soldiers fight for everyone, unconditionally. Your life would not be what it is without them.
Thank you to the soldiers who lost their lives for ours.
You will not be forgotten. At least not in this house.