Wishing You a Peaceful, Reflective Memorial Day

I wish we didn’t have wars where our men and women lose their lives so needlessly, that we didn’t have people in high places playing cavalier games with those lives.

I can only imagine the anguish their friends and loved ones go through who have lost someone in this way.

I imagine this is a very sad and somber day for many when they are reminded of their loss.

But maybe also a day where they share their pride and celebrate those lives.

My heart goes out to the families, and I honor the service and courage of our military men and women and the sacrifices they (and their families) made and continue to make in service to our country.

Much love to you all.

❤️

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  1. Lori Ryan says:

    I began to lose my son in on his birthday in June 2010. He had just gotten on a plan to go to Dallas to get on the plane that would take him to LAX so he could then be transported to Camp Pendleton. Too soon he was on his way to Iraq on his first deployment. He’s always been a keep up with the Jones kind of kid (ugh!) so we rented a house for a few weeks outside of 29 Palms and used it as our base to various ports of interest in CA and NV. A few months later he married a girl at the ripe old age of 20 (ugh!) before he was on his way to his second deployment. I didn’t know much of a change in his behavior or his attitude the first. The second, my boy was lost in an angry, belligerent man who finds satisfaction and happiness a long journey away. He didn’t get into drugs as my friends who served in Viet Nam did and finally after seven years, my boy seems to be returning. Much affected my kind, generous boy who cared about people and who strove to do his best and only now with much love and affection when I thought I would never get him back is he returning. So Memorial Day always an important time for my father and his family was one battle away for his grandson to meet the same fate as his great-uncle who died in WWII. The mind can suffer more profoundly, I’ve discovered, than even the loss of a body part.

  2. Thank you for that reminder. You are so very right, Lori. There are casualties besides death that many of our men and women and their families suffer in the wake of war and deployment. I’m so very sorry to hear of your family’s struggles. I wish you all the very best in the long road home. Please extend my respect, admiration and gratitude to them. (((hugs)))

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