Thank You

Today, I’ve opted not to do my traditional Pull Up Post because it is Memorial Day. As I get older, and watch my son and his friends growing every day, I am more thankful than ever for our brave Military. For those who serve today, and for those who have gone before. And, on this particular day, for those who have fallen.

My heart swells with pride for them and their families, and at the same time, it breaks. So many lives lost on battlefields around the world fighting to protect our precious freedoms – freedoms that so many, it seems, take for granted; that so many think will never be taken.

Today, amidst all the festivities and the “Welcome Summer” celebrations, we take a moment to remember the true meaning of this day. We pause to reflect how this country came to be, we remember lessons about, and from, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam. And now, Iraq and Afghanistan. We offer prayers for those who have gone before. And then we add prayers for those who continue in their stead, who stand at the door, ever vigilant, so we can have a beer at a barbecue.

Thank you, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines.

And thank you, families, for giving them to us.

You can never know how much we appreciate your sacrifice.

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12 Responses to Thank You

  1. Joy says:

    There’s your “Taps” Sue. Why does that song always make me cry?

    • Sue says:

      There were times that I would get choked up while playing Taps!

      • Laura says:

        My nephew is an awesome trumpet player, and also a police officer. He has played Taps for a few of our uncles’ funerals, but he won’t play for his fellow officers, because he’s afraid he will break down. I can’t say I blame him.

    • Laura says:

      Because it’s so simple and haunting. And because of what it has come to symbolize. We sometimes sing it (there are words) at the end of the day at Summer Camp, and often I cannot make it through without tearing up.

  2. kweenmama says:

    Perfect post for this weekend…

  3. skl1 says:

    They play Taps in church on the Sunday before Memorial Day, which is always quite emotional, and it’s a good reminder of how many people have been close to someone who has died while serving this country.

    It always makes me crazy to see the little ones in those videos.

    • skl1 says:

      I should clarify that I clicked on one of the “related videos” at the end of the second one you posted, and that had a bunch of kids in it.

  4. Beautiful post. So thankful for our men and women in uniform!

  5. Nikki says:

    Beautiful post, Laura.

    “Thank you” doesn’t seem quite enough. I just hope each and every person serving now, and has served, and the ones that lost their lives, truly know how important they are, and we all will be forever in debt to them.

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