Today I may miss my husband, but deployments are nothing in comparison to what the widows and loved ones of a fallen hero face every day. Their grief doesn’t take a day off since it’s a holiday, and it doesn’t stop even after one such as Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is not about BBQs, parties, fairs, festivals, or retail sales. Memorial Day is a day to remember. A day to reflect and give thanks. Our country may not be perfect or even be run by perfect officials, but we have amazing Americans who gave their life for a greater purpose. The sacrifice they paid provided us a better future and freedoms not afforded in countries all over the world.
We are a privileged nation and we need to remember those who made that possible. Many young people today don’t realize the gravity of that fact. Despite the best efforts of our history teachers, it still doesn’t click: Thousands of people DIED for YOU to be free.
Many young people don’t understand that freedom isn’t free at all. Because it’s become a norm for them, it’s become an “entitlement”; something which they feel they deserve by being born.
Memorial Day is not for the entitled youth but a day for all of us to reflect in the legacy thousands of people have fought for. This legacy empowers something within each of us which states: America will never be defeated because we are brave, strong and determined.
Even today, as I watch the news there are troops in places of turmoil. Today is for the thousands lost years ago and those in recent months who have also given their lives.
God bless, America 🙂