Happy Memorial Day!
Today is a day to celebrate and remember everyone who has given their lives for our freedom. Most of america won’t get to thank a military member. Most of america won’t even stop and take a moment to thank those who have fallen. Most children today don’t even know why we celebrate memorial day. And that is very sad.
My family is lucky enough to know many people who serve our country. My husband is one of these people. My children wake up everyday with a father who has given his oath to protect this great nation. No matter who the president is, No matter the politics going on, he wakes up everyday and goes to work. He has seen things that he wouldn’t even want us knowing about. But, the boys do know what he does. He fights, for everyone. Whether it be at war for our freedom, or at the hospital saving the lives of his fellow military members. We live knowing that at any minute he might be sent away to war. We know the feeling of having him leave, and being lucky enough to have him return.
My children understand the effects of war. They understand what this day means to everyone ( or what it should mean to everyone). We are lucky enough to get to walk the halls of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with men and women who have survived war. The boys see men and women who have lost arms and legs, and they know that these men and women are hero’s. They no longer ask why they can’t walk. They no longer look at them differently. They instead know that they are just like you and me, just with wounds we can see.
Today when we woke up we all sat on my bed and had a discussion about memorial day. We explained to them that even though today was a fun day for us, we still needed to say thank you to everyone who made it possible. All the men and women who have died. And to their families.
From my family to yours we say Thank You. Thank you to everyone who has given the greatest sacrifice they could ever give. Thank you to their families, their moms, dads, wives, husbands, children & unborn children. I hope to never know the feeling of having military men in uniforms knock on my door. I hope to never know the great sadness that you felt, or feel today. But know that all that pain was for a greater good. And we Thank You!