Memorial Day


A lot of times this holiday goes by without much more than a blink and a brief flag-wave from me. Not because I don’t care, but because I care too much to cram it into one day.

I bleed Air Force blue. Both my parents have served in the USAF and my father is still in the Reserve as an Air Reserve Technician. I think about the people in our armed forces quite literally every day. This year though, I feel like I can’t let the actual holiday pass without some expression of gratefulness and admiration for all those who have fought and died for the freedom we enjoy in the United States today, and for those who still proudly serve.

A co-worker pointed out the other day, that it seemed very odd to her that we spend a day of remembering the dead having picnics and family get-togethers. We’re not just remembering the dead, we’re also honoring the living and celebrating the freedom that they have so far preserved for us. For me, I’m also remembering the culture and family that made me who I am, that I still connect to, and that I hope with all my heart to always be a part of. There’s no substitute for the camaraderie, anywhere.

I’m going to refrain from going into any further detail on this subject. I could go on and on about how we need to not let patriotism blind us into arrogance or demonization of other cultures, something that all too frequently happens in the uber-conservative militant circles. Regardless of your political views or mine, the people in our country’s uniform deserve our thanks and respect. The men and women in uniform are not responsible for the actions or reactions of the political leaders in this country who dictate their orders.

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