Monday, May 26, 2008

Remember Our Fallen

There's never been a time in my life when I thought more about what this day means. This morning as I was getting dressed for the day, I heard the story of a father who went to Iraq to see the place where his son died. As I listened to this father speak of what he dreamed the day of his son's return would be like, I was quickly reminded what this day is all about.

It's not about barbecues and parties to celebrate our three-day weekend (or four in our case); it's about remembering our fallen service men and women. Those who gave their lives to further our freedom. I admit, I'm guilty too. I think more about what I gain from a day off with my husband rather than reflecting on those who gave their life for the freedom I cherish.

I was reading on the Memorial Day History site and this paragraph really struck me, causing me to realize that we need to make this day about remembering - remembering those who died in service to our country - and less about entertaining ourselves. Enjoy the day, just don't forget to honor our fallen! Here's the paragraph:
"Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country."
To all the families mourning their fallen - my heart goes out to you. I'm grateful for their sacrifice and sorry for your great loss. To my friends serving down range right now - I'm praying for you safety and quick return. And, to their families - I am praying for you. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time.


LAURIE said...

nice entry today on Memorial Day. I agree with your sentiment that so many of us reflect on bbq and camping on this weekend and forget what this date is set aside remember the sacrifice that so many have given for our freedoms. - God bless, Laurie

Lauren said...

I couldn't agree with your blog more. We were blessed to spend today with a service man in the Army. Our activities included spending time at the beach on Fort Story, it was such an honor to be surrounded by Army families. To reflect on the struggles they face daily and those that have gone before them.

Thank you to all the service men and women who have fought or are fighting for our freedom to pray in Jesus name without fear.

Theresa said...

This important holiday has become such an important day of memory for me, especially since I married an Army man. Thanks for the thoughts.