It’s Memorials Day. And like every Memorials Day, I sit in tears. Tears of gratitude for living in a country where honorable men and women have fought and continue to fight. They fight out of love for this country – they fight for me, for you, our families, our freedom, and our peace.
Last week my family went to an airshow. There were experiences there that will go down in my history books as moments I will never forget.
My oldest was admiring the little booklets that were lying on the table: “Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States”. I asked her, “Don’t you have the Constitution memorized?” She said, “No, not all of it yet. But hopefully I’ll be able to recite it all someday by memory.” Then she continued her way down the table to admire the soldier tools, garb and other equipment. A Veteran came over to her with one of those little booklets in his hand and said, “Ma’am, I would be honored if you would have this!” He proceeded to hand her the booklet of the Declaration and Constitution. She thanked him and thanked him for his service to our country. He said, “Ma’am, it was my privilege to serve!” … The spirit of America was standing right there in front of me! … And I stood there in awe, with a full heart.
Just days before this airshow, the air grounds erected a flag pole. Today they would dedicate it. These Veterans raised the flag on the pole, shot a two-gun salute and lead the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The sounds of “The Star Spangled Banner” on the bugle began to fill the air. I was filled with emotion as I interpreted this sacred music for my husband. Then we stood and waited for the fly over. The crowd was quiet. It was solemn. In these brief moments of holding my hand over my heart, I was reminded that this was not “just a flag pole”. This held one of the greatest blessings we enjoy in this country. It held the very thing that stands for our peace and our freedom. It is what faithful men and women have fought for – and still fight for – on a daily basis. I am thankful for what this dedication taught me! The spirit of America was standing right before my very eyes, once again!
Fighter planes, military jeeps, mines, MRE’s, bazookas, helmets, blankets, scriptures, photos, and so much more filled our day. These Veterans and soldiers filled our day with education and more importantly of gratitude and love of this country! I can’t say it enough … I am grateful for these men and women – they have fought and still fight, have died and still live – for our country, our freedoms, our peace, our families, for me, for you. We are so blessed!
This ‘Happy Memorial’s Day’ means a lot more to me! Thank you to those who serve and won’t come back to be with us. Your spirit is felt. Your service will live on! We remember you! We honor you! WE THANK YOU!