Monday, May 27, 2013

A Memorial Day Thanks

Memorial Day has always seemed to kick off summer, picnics, parties, white pants and trips to the beach.  But sometimes it can feel as if the true significance of the holiday gets overlooked.

My father is a Vietnam War Veteran. His service to the military, to his country and his stint during the war were not easy.  Back in those days men were drafted so he didn't have a choice. In the middle of his life he was basically shipped overseas and into a war.  He gave up college, career opportunities, was torn away from his family,etc.. The fact that many didn't return from that war, or even other wars is hard to comprehend.  I don't know what our family would have done without my father. 

Many days I think the fact that my father returned is a miracle, and even though he returned it was not without wounds of some sort. Military service is not easy for anyone, even the toughest come back with wounds whether it be physical, mental or whatever else.  And they often come back to lives that have been altered as well.  It's not only tough on them but those around them as well.

So on holidays like this it causes me to deeply reflect about all those men and women who gave their lives to protect not only our country and it's people, but other countries and their people as well.  It goes deeper than just protecting, it's about standing up for freedom and individual rights for all people of the world.  It's about wanting to make the world a beautiful, good place for everyone and being brave and courageous enough to do so.

For some people it may not always feel or seem right, many believe there are more peaceful ways to solve things, maybe sometimes things don't always go as planned or hoped but most these men and women of the military do have the best interest of the world in their hearts and souls.  They want to help make this world a better place.

Military men and women don't exactly make a lot of money for all the sacrifice and difficult work they do.  Many come back wounded with little help from the government afterwards.  Often times it's even hard to find jobs or settle back into normal lives.  And for those families who have lost their loved ones it can be even harder.

So a heartfelt thank you to all those men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.  And a thank you to the families of those men and women who made sacrifices as well.  Let us not forget that freedom comes from others sacrifices. 

Here are just a few ways to help our military, veterans and world.  Keep in mind there are plenty of other organizations that exists as well.

Wounded Warrior Project

 "Who kept the faith and fought the fight, The glory theirs, the duty ours. It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle to try to make the world a better place."


1 comment :

  1. Hi - it's Cheryl from twitter. Great post and I too believe the significance of this day is far too often overlooked. I hope you enjoyed the day with your father. xx


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