I recall when I was growing up that there was something extra special about Memorial Day. While I wasn’t exactly certain why it was special, I would observe my dad, a United States Air Force Veteran, placing his American Flag outside our home at the start of this weekend. I knew from simply observing, it was a day to be revered. I grew up listening to his stories. I never tired hearing about the country”boy” that joined the armed forces at age seventeen. He did indeed see the world. New York, France, Germany. He returned home a responsible, determined, and respectful young man.
Fast forward many years. I married the love of my life. I also married a man whose father was retired military, and whose big brother was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. The respect and the patriotism I’d grown up with, lived in this household, too. Sadly, we lost hubby’s brother a few years ago. He now rests at Arlington Cemetary. Never does a day pass that we don’t think about Eldon or talk about him. But we do know he’s in very good company.
Don’t forget to pause this Memorial Day weekend and remember it for what it was intended. Our lake adventures and time spent with friends and family is there only because of these men and women that committed and sacrificed to serve for us. Let’s not take that gift for granted. Remember. Teach your children and grandchildren. Thank a Veteran. Thank their family. Be Respectful ~
And I cannot end this post without saying my own sincere Thank You to our veterans and to their families. Words are not enough….but they are from my heart ♥ And as Colonel Blaxton would say ~ “Life is short, Peace is Sweet.” Indeed.