I am the daughter of a proud World War II Navy man. I grew up hearing stories about Dad’s navy escapades. He made it sound like being in the military was actually fun.
He told us funny stories, but it wasn’t until I was well into my adult years that I ever heard about the dark side of being in the Pacific during WWII. He had a hard time with that part.
When I cared for my father-in-law he told stories of flying B-24s in the Pacific and always said how lucky he was that he wasn’t stationed in Europe. He had a hard time with the dark part, too.
I remember visiting the beaches of Normandy and spent most of the day with tears falling from my eyes.
Memorial Day weekend is important and I think we get too caught up in sales at the mall, heading out of town for a three-day vacation, and having BBQ’s in our backyards with friends.
This weekend, wherever you are, I hope you’ll stop and remember that we live in a free country because of the men, women and animals who have sacrificed their lives.
I hope you’ll fly your flag.
I hope you’ll attend a parade to honor our military.
If you see someone in uniform, I hope you’ll say “Thank You,” or maybe buy a meal.
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and it’s a time for families and friends to hang out and kick back and maybe here in Franklin, go tubing down a river.
But let us not forget.
Let’s be the Americans who remember that on Memorial Day we’re meant to remember…to honor…to take time to get quiet and live in gratitude for the sacrifices made on our behalf.
Let’s be the Americans who pray for those families who have lost a loved one.
Let’s be the Americans who do the right thing.
Let’s all pause for just a few minutes this weekend, but especially on Monday and take time to reflect.
I am abundantly blessed to live in the United States of America. Thank You to everyone who has ever served. Thank you to your families who have also sacrificed. Thank you for your service.
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