May 26, 2019

Memorial Day….Remembering the fallen!

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Memorial Day – known as the official start of summer.  Now I’ve always known that the holiday is set aside for honoring those who have served and lost their lives in service to this country, but honestly, aside from having a passing thought, it wasn’t what I “celebrated”.  That is, until this year.

My youngest daughter is a flight attendant and just so happened to have an Atlanta overnight Friday.  This was extremely special as that was the same day my first grandson graduated from Kindergarten!  It was a double bonus to get to go to his school program AND then get to have my daughter come home for the evening.  My grandson LOVES to go to the airport with me to pick up his Auntie A, and so, Friday was no exception.  We made our way to the airport and although her flight had already landed by the time we arrived, we knew we had to wait until she was off the plane-train before we could move up to the baggage claim area to pick her up.  We sat in the cell lot and watched planes taxi and take-off and just enjoyed that time.  I started thinking it was taking her longer than normal to call and say she was off the train and we could begin making our way to get her.  Well, there was a very good reason.

I got a text message from her, and while I expected it to say we could come get her, it instead was a series of photos she took of the plane that was next to hers as a fallen soldier was being taken off of the plane.  Seeing those images, and especially on Memorial Day weekend, was sobering.  I looked at the photos and my eyes filled with tears as the pomp and circumstance of the military procedure of removing the casket from the plane was captured by her camera. She said it was completely silent all around her as passengers, crew and airport personnel stopped while this soldier’s body was unloaded from the plane to be taken to his/her family and final resting place.

This was a huge reminder of why we set aside a day to honor all of those that sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom.  This country has a lot of problems and issues, and we get so wrapped up in the bi-partisan rhetoric that we lose sight of the fact that as a country we are FREE.  The price to be free has been paid by many.  The men and women that through the years have left their friends and family behind to be of service to their country, deserve to be honored.  Those that lost their lives while doing so, deserve to be honored even more so.  They deserve more than one day set-aside as we get a day off work.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Many never to return home to their friends and family.  Children that didn’t get to grow up with them, parents that had to raise a family alone, parents that spent every day looking forward to their son or daughter returning home, safely, never to do so.

My own father fought in WWII in the Navy.  It was something he was always so proud of doing.  While he didn’t lose his life while serving, many during that time weren’t so lucky.  Since that time, many more men and women lost their lives while serving their country.

Regardless of your views, political party, race, color, economic status, age, or sex, we should all thank those that selflessly give of themselves so that we all can live in a country that has so much to be thankful for.  We are the Land of the Free, because of the Brave!

We don’t know who the fallen soldier was that had their last flight ending in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 24th, but I can tell you this, my heart goes out to their family and my view of Memorial Day is certainly different this year.  I hope that each of us take time  during this weekend to stop and remember all of those amazing people that gave of themselves for us.

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John 15:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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