A Memorial Day Message

I have relatives and friends that are serving or have served in the military, but there are many other soldiers that are serving or have served that I may never know and meet. Yet they serve anyway to help keep me safe and enjoy the freedoms laid out by our founding fathers. I can complain about what’s wrong with this country all day and night, but it will never change the fact that there are men and women that have given their lives to the defense of this country. No matter what people do or say, or what policy comes out, always remember that.

People–mothers, fathers, uncles, sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, and best friends–are laying down their lives for this country. That’s what Memorial Day is for. It’s a day for you to remember that. Never forget it. Some people get to pick their lives back up again when they’re through serving. Others die in action, leaving loved ones that miss them dearly. These people literally gave up their lives to protect and defend the standards that this country stands on. Things may have been changed or gone askew throughout the many years that this country has been around, but the basic principles still remain… and people give their lives to defend that every day.

It’s hard and it’s a sacrifice, and I’ve had to watch my cousins go through it when their father (my uncle) was serving in the army. He wrote a letter to one of my cousins once, and it was read to her during a school assembly. I heard she cried, and I probably would’ve too. I cried when I heard he got back from Afghanistan safely, and it’s not like he’s my father. I still love him though, and appreciate the fact that he served. I’ve always had a soft spot for military wives and families because I couldn’t imagine how hard it would be to be away from someone I loved so dearly, and to worry about them constantly while they’re away.

Having said that, I say this, and have always wanted to say it when I saw someone in uniform:

To all the men and women who used to serve, who are still serving, if you’re in the reserve or on active duty, and to the ones that died during their service for our country: Thank You for serving. I hope it doesn’t trite or cliché, because I really mean it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for all that you do. I don’t know the totality of what it means to be in the military, but thank you so much for doing what you do. If you ask me, superheroes do exist; we just call them soldiers.

And to the family members that are waiting on loved ones to come home or that have lost loved ones: thank you for being the support for those soldiers. I wish I could hug some of you, but I’ll remember you in my prayers. That is something I can do.

Remember what Memorial Day is all about, and if you’re going out to spend time with family, do so and enjoy yourself.

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