Monday, May 30, 2011

A Living Memorial

Sunshine, warm weather, shorts,

Sandbox fun, flip flops, and lounging in the grass.

Summer is upon us.

Flowers, swimming, cool breezes,

Staying up late, catching lightening bugs, rocking sleeping babies by the campfire.

Watching summer storms with wide eyed little boys, or Aunt Julie giving the swimming lessons.

Getting sticky, sweet post popsicle kisses, watching parades and fireworks,
all while wearing our red, white, and blue.

Sometimes it seems that the meaning of Memorial day has been lost on us.
It's a day off work.
It's  a day for picnicking,
It's when the pool finally gets open.

Don't forget what today is about. There are people who are missing sons, daughters, husbands and wives today. They defended us and gave it all so that we could live in this country.
Beautiful, flawed, diverse, filled with controversy, but forever united.

I will teach my children as they grow that we should never forget, never become complacent.
We should mourn these losses and be grateful to all who serve for our freedom.

But I think with the true meaning always in mind that it is fitting to honor their sacrifice by celebrating life with those we love. Really enjoying time together, good food, funny kids and sweet babies.

Savoring the freedom they gave us to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Not just today, we should everyday try to live our lives to the fullest to honor the fact that we are free.

The Flag still floats unblotted with defeat!
But ah the blood that keeps its ripples red,
The starry lives that keep its field alight.
~Rupert Hughes

Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, 
the cost of a free and undivided Republic.
  ~John A. Logan

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