Each year when Memorial Day comes around I try to watch all the military movies (the ones based on history) that I have. I want to remind myself of the important reasons that the men and women of the armed forces have fought. And of the sacrifices they have made for our country, for you, and for me.
It saddens me when I see retail sales overwhelm the real significance of this day. A day to remember the lives lost, the lives forever changed by injury, the families who sacrifice time with their loved ones, and the families who wait eagerly for their safe return.
You may not agree with where our leaders send the military to fight or why they’re sent to fight. But because they do fight you have the privilege of freely voicing your opinions.
I want to thank my dad and my uncles who served in the Army during Vietnam. My dad began his service in Vietnam as a medic and finished in the motor pool. My uncles served in medical units in Washington D.C. I want to thank my brother-in-law who served in the Marine Corps as a combat electrician in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and East Timor. I want to thank my friends who have family members that are currently serving in the military.
To all the brave men and women who have sacrificed to protect our country, thank you for all you have done. I have trouble expressing the gratitude and pride I feel when I think of you, somehow though, thank you doesn’t seem like enough; I hope that it is.
If you wish to remember or thank someone for their military service please feel free to do so in the comments below. But please respect the members of the military by not leaving negative comments. This is a day for honor and thankfulness.