i knew exactly what i wanted to write and how i wanted to write it. and then, BAM! one of my favorite bloggers and military wives jumped the gun on me on friday and wrote a piece i could never come close to conveying as eloquently as she did and i could never have the credibility that she has since she’s a military wife and mother of 4.
this holiday is not about those currently serving.
this holiday is not about bbq’s and beer.
this holiday isn’t about sales and shopping.
it’s about remembering those who have served this country and given their lives. they made a choice. they chose our country before themselves and before their families.
they give up everything to protect our freedoms and our rights.
this is something that has bothered me as long as i can remember but only since the internet and social media did i realize i was not alone.
i mean in California, other than banks, we don’t even observe Veteran’s Day anymore! it’s ridiculous.
***here comes the angry rant, get ready***
we live in a country where men wearing helmets on the field make more money than those wearing helmets defending our country.
we live in a country where athletes make in the millions of dollars a year and school teachers struggle to survive on under $50K/year.
we live in a country that has it’s priorities screwed up.
i can’t fix it all, and of course i want to. i want to make it all okay. i want to fix the problems we have. but i’m just one person. EVERYONE has to want change.
so today, on memorial day, as you head to the beach, or grab an iced cold one. as you lay by your pool or shlep around to various sales, take a moment t pause and remember what today actually means. are you proud of how you’re spending it? are you proud of what you’ve told your children today means? take a moment and pause. a moment of silence. a moment to educate. a moment to remember.
we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have if not for all of those soldiers that have lost their lives not just in this war but in all of the wars before it.
for all those that have lost a mother, father, husband, wife, brother, sister, girlfriend, boyfriend or child, I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart today and everyday. you are not forgotten. your sacrifice is not forgotten or taken lightly. i know that every single day is memorial day for you and i’m sorry. no one deserves to live that way.
you should be so proud. our country continues to thrive, our freedoms continue to be protected and our future bright because of those that have fought for our country and those who have lost their lives doing so.
……and thank you to all of those who HAVE served and continue to serve. your sacrifice daily is not forgotten. you are not forgotten.