Welcome back, few readers! Yes, It's been a long time since I posted, almost a month, but I've got a new post almost finished. I will try to post more often, I need a new small notebook to sit on the side console next to me when I fly, and that is now on the shopping list. Lately I've been flying, Tulip Festivaling, running (ran a 5K yea), and thinking. Sometimes I've been praying, but not like I should be. Since it's Memorial Day, I've got a few thoughts I'd like to share.
All US Military Veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our great country!
All US Military spouses, thank you for your sacrifice as well. It's difficult to take care of your families, wear all the hats, and be both parents while your soldiers, sailors, and airmen are overseas. I feel for you.
Most importantly, to all those who've lost a loved one or friend who gave all and made the ultimate sacrifice in Military service to our country, I commiserate with you today for your loss. From generations and many generations past through Vietnam and present day, it has always been difficult to lose a husband, son, father, daughter, or friend who gave their lives in combat fighting for our great country. It is a burden to bear that I can only imagine, and I just want to say that I remember and I still care.
I neglect to wish others a Happy Memorial Day, because I'm sensitive to the fact that this day is not necessarily a happy one for those who've lost a friend or loved one in war. It is mainly a solemn one when we remember those who gave all. I guess the happy part of this day, if you could term it that way, comes from the celebration of our freedoms which were paid for in blood, starting with the Revolutionary War and continuing today, and from showing appreciation and gratitude for others who've served and sacrificed.
Please don't wish others a Happy Memorial Day to others in the context of having fun, partying, or spending quality time with friends and family without reflecting on the sacrifices of those who've died in battle before us. That attitude misuses the Holiday and disrespects our Military service members.