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Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2008 Leave a comment

This ficweekend we have already celebrated Memorial Day with two picnics.  There was lots of fun.  Games were played, burgers were grilled, and way too much dessert was consumed.  I am happy to have the day off from work tomorrow.  We have already layed our our plans for tomorrow.  Isn’t that what Memorial Day is all about?  Fun, picnics, and the unofficial start of summer?  Wait a minute, aren’t we supposed to remember someone? 

Unfortunatly, our society has trouble remembering why we celebrate holidays.  It happens at Christmas.  It happens at Easter.  It’s happening this weekend.  Many times, I have thought that the commercialization of holidays was due to the lack of spirituality in our country, but this weekend, I see that it is more than that.  There is something in our culture that drives us to turn every holiday into a selfish event.  We live in a society that take a holiday that is meant to give thanks into a full day of glutony. 

I will be very honest with you.  I have never served in the military.  I was too chicken.  When I was eighteen, I was not man enough to serve my country.  I’ve grown up quite a bit in the last sixteen years.  However, I cannot change the past.  Through those sixteen years, I have grown to hold our military personnel in very high esteem.  Today, I am proud to say that I am an American citizen and that I live in the most free and greatest country in the world!

In the last year, I have developed a love for American history.  I have been reading biographies of presidents and historical accounts of the American Revolution.  I have read of the sacrifices that our forefathers made to form this great country.  I have read of the incredible forethought and insight that the fathers of this land had.  I have read and I have been amazed.

I am amazed at the sacrifice that our soldiers who are serving abroad make on a daily basis.  I don’t even want to miss any event that my children are involved in, no matter how trivial.  I cannot imagine leaving them for months at a time and not know if I will ever see them again.  I cannot imagine being in a situation where I must act because it’s either them or me.  I am amazed at the skill, training, and discipline that our military and veterans exhibit. 

I enjoy the freedom that we enjoy in this country.  I enjoy the safety that we have on our shores.  I stand and salute each and every veteran that has served or is currently serving.  I am grateful for every family that watches their sons and fathers go off to war and pray every night that they watch them return.  I mourn for every veteran that gave the ultimate sacrifice so that I can be free to be home with my family. 

To all veterans, thank you seems so inadequate.  God bless you! 

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