I always, always start Memorial Day with a special tribute/prayer for my family members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I have a great uncle who died at the Battle of the Bulge who saved many of his men before he succumbed to his own wounds.
I have an uncle (my father’s brother) who died in the Vietnam war as well as many cousins who I watched leave for that God-forsaken jungle as young, fun loving men who came back broken and changed. I was just a kid but I’ll never forget my uncle Robert and when he died. It was awful and my grandmother never really got over his loss. Two of my cousins who served over there who I worshipped as a little girl, James and Johnny, both developed alcohol problems as a result of their tours of duty.
So, even though I don’t usually head to a parade, I do have my own little moments of silence as I remember these men as well as the others in my family including those who served this country before it was even a country. I’m a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and am super proud that my ancestor came to this land of opportunity in 1690. We’re here to stay! BE WARNED!
I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day and remember all the people who have made this land truly the land of the free and the brave.