Honoring Those Who Sacrificed for Us
As others have pointed out, this day... this whole weekend, is not just for BBQs and pool parties or appliance sales and a three-day weekend.
This is a weekend set aside to remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. Joseph Rodman Drake
I am of the Viet Nam War era when you either served in the military or had family members or friends who did. To this day, my heart aches for high school classmates who did not return from their service to their country.
What I wish for this day and all others is that our children will understand that war and serving in the service is not the same as the video games that they play.
Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Unknown
It is not like what we see in movies. I hope that if you know someone who served in battle you will talk to them about their experience if they are willing.
As much as I know, I learned so much more from talking to our friend Vic who was shot twice in his back and played dead while the NVA ate their lunch a few feet away from him. He spoke to us about his friends who were lost in the Nine Days in May Battle in 1967.
These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror. Michael N. Castle
Let us remember forever the sacrifices they made for us and for our country.
Let us remember that many who returned from battle continue to be affected by their experience. They still suffer as do their family members.
Let us be the kind of person and the kind of country worthy of their sacrifices.