The following post was originally written and posted on this blog for Memorial Day 2012. As I considered a post for this Memorial Day, I realized that I could not come up with a better message than this that captures the true essence of my feelings for this solemn day. Today, we must pause, reflect, honor and appreciate the true sacrifice of our fallen soldiers, sailors and airman. Those who have gone before deserve nothing less than our deepest gratitude; today, always, and forever.
Throughout our Nation’s history, ordinary men and women have left the safe bounds of their normal lives to set out to do extraordinary deeds. These sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers departed their families and the comforts of home to join something greater than themselves, in a noble tradition of patriotism and pride for the purpose of fighting to protect our way of life.
While most are being handed a burger or hot dog off the grill to enjoy on this solemn holiday, somewhere there is a family being handed a folded American flag being told, “On behalf of a grateful nation…” While many in this Country are celebrating the homecoming of their college friends and family after a long year of study, there will be no homecoming for some who have fought and died in our Country’s battles. They sacrificed their own homecoming so that others would still have theirs. These are true heroes, and we owe them much more than one day of solemn remembrance and reverence.
On this Memorial Day, one of our Nation’s most solemn and revered holidays, we all pause to reflect upon the principles that have made our Nation great. We pause to remember the true cost of freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we all cherish: NEVER FORGET!
Related Content –
Memorial Day History (via usmemorialday.org)
A Memorial Day Message From The VFW (via vfw.org)
Memorial Day – A Pause To Remember (via generalleadership.com)
Memorial Day 2015 Best Soldiers Quotes, Sayings & Images (via http://www.fathersdayrock.com/, accessed 25 May 2015)