Sunday, May 30, 2010

What is Memorial Day really about?

Do you know? Do you care? Memorial Day is the day that we remember those who have fought and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Our freedom.

The freedom to speak our minds and write our opinions on blogs like these. The freedom to go to a church of our choosing and worship whatever you believe in. The freedom to vote for who we believe should run our government.

Do you take these things for granted? Do you take for granted the men and women who have sacrificed EVERYTHING in order for YOU to have these freedoms?

I have a friend. She is the kindest, most loving, most faithful person that I know. Her husband was one of my husband's best friends. He was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007. Their son was four months old. He only got to see his son in person for ten days. Their son will never kick a soccer ball or play catch with his Dad. Because his Dad believed in what is good and honorable about our country. And he volunteered to protect those freedoms. He paid the ultimate price.

So take a moment sometime this weekend to think about those who have protected us over the last couple of hundred years. Offer a little prayer for them and their families and say thank you. They are what make this country great.

And please remember that freedom isn't free.

Happy Memorial Day.



blueviolet said...

I used to take it for granted, I think. Then my kids started marching in the Memorial Day parade and participated in a ceremony at the cemetary every year in memory of our troops. Since then, I really do stop and pause, reflect and thank.

Wonderful post!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding us of the meaning of this wonderful holiday. My heart breaks for your friend and her baby. xoxo

Richele said...

Great post and reminder! I know I take it for granted most days. I will try harder not to. Memorial Day is not just an excuse to grill out or invite family is a day to honor those who made a sacrifice that many are unwilling to make yet all are willing to take part in the result.