Memorial Day should always warrant our respect and appreciation.
It’s quite easy to forget the significance of something the further you are removed from its reality. It used to be that war touched most Americans directly, but now many of us only feel the consequences indirectly. Our nation has been at war for more than 10 years now and our troops (and those of our allies) continue to risk their life daily. Thankfully, we are scaling back the required sacrifice, but the loss of even one soldier is a tragedy let alone the 6,717 that have given their life in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. This is a heavy emotional burden that will be felt by families for generations. We also shouldn’t forget the life altering injuries that tens of thousands of our troops have suffered and the devastating psychological consequences of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those that gave “the last full measure of devotion.” Throughout the history of our country, the number is well more than 1 million lives lost. While most of us will go about the weekend having fun and enjoying the unofficial beginning of summer, we should at least take a few moments to reflect on the significance of the day. There are many brave souls who risk their life daily so we can maintain our freedoms here at home. I’ve decided to share two brief film clips from the special movies, Saving Private Ryan and Taking Chance that do a better job of reflecting on what I am hoping to convey:
- Memorial Day – What It Truly Means (capacity-building.com)
- Top 5 Memorable Memorial Day Poems – #5 (gravewords.wordpress.com)
- Top 10 Things to Remember this Memorial Day (sarlabeth.wordpress.com)
- What is the story behind Memorial Day? (brlgcblog.com)
- A Day to Remember: Memorial Day (stayarmyreserve.wordpress.com)