Today is Memorial Day.
Explaining Memorial Day to my sons is somewhat difficult. When you are talking to military children about the sacrifices that servicemembers make, they hear the dangers that their parent may face. When you say to them that some amazingly heroic individuals paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, they wonder if that is a sacrifice that their parent may have to make. I want to impress upon them the importance of the day and the symbolism of Memorial Day ceremonies. I don't want them to worry that each time their Dad leaves, he may not be coming home. Nonetheless, my sons will know why this day is revered and its significance to our family.
While you enjoy time with your family and a BBQ today, please think of military families. Many families will be remembering a loved one today, so when your thoughts wander, let it be to them. Many families are separated from their loved ones today due to military assignments. When you sit down to eat, be thankful you are with your family. Thousands of servicemembers have returned home with wounds that are painfully obvious and wounds that are invisible. Please say a prayer for our nation's Wounded Warriors.
If you know and love someone who has served in our Armed Forces, thank you. Your support, love, and dedication do not go unnoticed. If you have served in the Armed Forces, I honestly cannot adequately express my gratitude to you. Saying thank you doesn't seem to be enough, but I'm not sure what phrase would convey my gratefulness. In the absence of anything else more profound, I say thank you.
On this Memorial Day, and everyday, this family thanks you for your service to our country.