Monday, May 29, 2006

A moment of remembrance

Happy Memorial Day. I actually made a comment to a friend at lunchtime about that saying, having been thinking all weekend about how solemn the occasion is supposed to be. I even got slightly annoyed at watching news coverage of people actually *gasp* having fun on Memorial Day. I just finished attending a very moving Memorial Day service here. Although I've attended similar services in the past, it gives a whole new meaning to hear people recount memories of their own leaders and fellow soldiers. At the end of the service, every individual had the opportunity to walk forward and place a flower at the base of the memorial and offer a salute. I did so with moist eyes, remembering not only the stories I have heard of those who have given their lives in the current war, but those, like my father, who have sacrificed their lives for freedom in wars past. But the chaplain's message during the service gave me perspective. Yes, the loss of those who have died is a moment of sadness, but it need not end there. They died protecting freedom, and freedom is spreading through the world. That is a cause for celebration. That is a reason to say "Happy Memorial Day." So please, take a moment today to quietly remember those who have died for freedom. And then, in their honor, please enjoy that freedom they so valiantly protected. Because freedom ain't free.
Back home now I know you're prob'ly sleeping, But over here it's the middle of the day. I finally found some time to write a letter, Sittin' here a half a world away. I heard about all them folks protesting, As if I really want this war. But that don't stop me from believing There're just some things worth fighting for. And if I die before you wake, I pray the world will take A good look at what God's given us. If we could only understand Everything is in His hands. All we need is a little faith and trust. I want you to know it ain't too high a price to pay If I die before you wake. Tell everybody that I miss them, and I can't wait to get back home. Until then, I'll serve my country and be proud to wear this uniform. And if I die before you wake, I pray the world will take A good look at what God's given us. If we could only understand Everything is in His hands. All we need is a little faith and trust. I want you to know it ain't too high a price to pay If I die before you wake. No, it ain't too high a price to pay if I die before you wake.

2 comments:

Cynthia Jones said...

Dear Sir,
Thank you so much for your service. God Bless you and the others over there! My brother is stationed in the "Green Zone" and we pray for his safety every day. Please promise that you will keep your head down stay careful as I can only imagine the hardships you go through over there. I hope your Memorial Day was not too stressful, and that you found some time to enjoy yourself amidst what must be a hectic schedule. My best to you and your family, God Bless America!

MissBirdlegs in AL said...

I found myself stumbling over saying "Happy Memorial Day" this year, too. Finally wound up just saying "Enjoy your Memorial Day".

Thank you for your service (and the blogs).