Ahhh the aromas of food on the grill makes me hungry even when I am not hungry.
The grocery stores have had sales all weekend and my paper was full of coupons. Everyone is talking about their plans for their 3 day weekend.
However the real reason this is a holiday on our calender has NOTHING to do with food or grills or days off.
The reason we celebrate is because we do not want to forget…
- the sacrifice of human life
- that freedom is not free
- spouses that are left behind
- children that are left behind
- parents and siblings who are left behind
- our friends who have served
- our family members who have served
- our veterans who served and no one honored them
- the memorial services with no body to bury
- the knock on the door that every military spouse never wants to hear
I will never forget the sacrifice of my grandfather that I never knew who was killed in the war. I will never forget the impact on my grandmother who was left to raise four children by herself. I will never forget my mother talking about her brother who was killed in the service. I will never forget the influence that tragedy had on my grandmother and my mother. I will never forget the impact the service has had on my father in law. I will never forget the stories I have seen and heard from military friends who have lost spouses. I will never forget what I have seen and experienced through friends who are currently serving in the military. The amazing FLOOD of emotions as they endure deployments, missed holidays, reunions, absence of births or deaths, and lack of constant communications.
We will not forget your sacrifice. We will remember. We will not take your service and sacrifice for granted.
The words “THANK YOU” are not adequate to our convey our gratitude…however it is with heartfelt sincerity that we express it.