Sunday, May 28, 2017
May 25, 2017
Memorial Day is a solemn time to remember the sacrifice of our military men and women and reflect upon our obligation to those who do and have served our country.
A “Soldiers Battle” is defined as a hand to hand encounter between opposing soldiers with little or no support. Too often today our returning soldiers are left to battle to get the services that they have earned by virtue of their willingness to lay their life on the line for our country, our freedom and our liberty.
I once attending a gathering of veterans who shared their stories and this is some of what they said to one another. The group included men and women who had served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They made it clear to that veterans’ issues are our issues as a Country. Sending people into harm’s way carries with it a serious responsibility to support them before, during and after their service. In some ways the true dollar cost of war has been hidden or ignored, sometimes shifted from one agency to another and worst of all to veterans and their families.
Concerns aside, the clear message from each and every one of them who attended the gathering was a sense of pride for their role in protecting and preserving the freedom, liberty and safety of the United States. The group also spoke proudly of the service provided by their families; the moms, dads, children, spouses, the ones who wait, the ones who worry.
Memorial Day is a day to remember and a day to appreciate and as President Benjamin Harrison noted while it is a day of memory and sadness it is also a day to celebrate and commemorate the bravery, strength and pride that fills the hearts of those who serve their country.
“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. We mourn for them as comrades, who have departed, but we feel the glory of their dying and the glory of their achievement covers all our great country, and has set them in an imperishable roll of honor.” President Benjamin Harrison Independence Hall Philadelphia Decoration Day May 30, 1891.
Please take some time this weekend, with your family and children, to pay tribute to those who have served us and protected our freedom.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,