This is an extended weekend, a time in the USA to celebrate our freedom, as well as reflect on those who have fought for us to enjoy said freedom. I’ll be stepping away from the blog to travel and stay with family, so I wanted to put this out there now. Better early than late, as I won’t be on WordPress for a few days. This is sort of a post to cover it all!
I want to throw a thank you out here first, in honor of Memorial Day. Last year I wrote a poem, you can see it here Memorial #poem … The Things That You Have Done For Me. I don’t think there’s an American one, who doesn’t have a special person in their lives that has served. Either at one point in the past, or even now. Be it a close or distant family member, friend, community peer, or so on. To us, soldiers aren’t movie characters, fictional stories, or even distant thoughts.
To the every day to day American, soldiers are familiar faces. They’re eyes we look into daily, smiles we love, hands we hold, and laughter we appreciate. They are the men and women we spend time with at home, at family and friend gatherings, at church, and even work. The people we know, the people we love.
For every soldier that comes back to us we hang onto them tightly. We thank them, and love that they made it home with a breath of air in their lungs… no matter how changed they may be, physically, mentally, emotionally or what have you. Being a soldier alters a human, in one way or another, soldiers are forever changed from that of who they were before. Memories and experiences change everyone, that’s how we age and who we are.
For every soldier who doesn’t return, we mourn them deeply. Because as I said before, they’re the people we know and love. The thanks that we give them, and their memories that we honor will never be enough. They paid the ultimate price, and for that we as a nation are forever grateful.
So, THANK YOU, to each and every American Soldier who may be reading this. We owe you everything we are. You’re the glue, the life source, the true face of our nation!
And, now for my travels…
I wish I could say I was taking off on a plane to some beach side resort to chill in my bikini and sip Margarita’s on the sand for a few days… But I’m not lol.
Next best thing though, My family and I will be going on a short road trip (about 5 hours away is all) to visit my brother and his wife a state over. It’s always a good time, we have a keg on ice already for there, to celebrate the occasion! I likely wont be reading or commenting on any posts for a few days, but I promise I’ll try my best to catch up as soon as I’m back home and back in routine!
Have a great weekend everyone, and I hope you do some reflecting of your own 🙂