I was listening to a talk radio show last week and the guest host told the story of when he brought his young daughter to a memorial monument. They saw some soldiers there and she asked one if he was a hero. The soldier replied that the real heroes were the ones who didn’t come back. On Veteran’s Day we honor those who took the greatest risk but on Memorial Day we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
I worry that we don’t acknowledge that enough. Some radio stations will drop a military tribute song somewhere in a flashback marathon, we gather for picnics or whatever the weather allows, and stores have big sales. The TV stations used to have big war movie or documentary marathons but there are so few this year. So I hope you take some time now if you didn’t earlier today to consider what those who died for our country did, and to those widows, widowers, fiances who never got to marry, and family and friends lost…so that you and yours could live in peace and freedom. Don’t give up those rights, and respect those who ensured you don’t have to.