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Sunday, May 30, 2010

God Bless America My Home Sweet Home

Happy Memorial Day ! {?}



Isn't it odd how a holiday that mourns and honors our fallen has morphed into welcoming summer with barbeques, picnics and parades?

I know some people feel this is disrespectful but I feel that it's fitting. After all, truly, is there anything more truly American than kids running around, neighbors and friends meeting up and talking, everyone getting out of the house to grill up some {veggie} burgers and bust out the watermelon?

{None for me thanks I'm allergic. Yes, to watermelon. It's a total tragedy.}

Anyway, isn't that America at it's finest? The simplicity of summer, of children's laughter, the smell of food wafting through the neighborhood...fantastic parades, and the music! oh, I am a sucker for a good march.

To me, this is the American way of life at it's best. For all of us. Color, creed, religion. None of it matters. Everyone loves to hear their child laugh, to feel the warmth of the sun soaking in to our winter-fied bones, our eyes drinking in all the colors of the grass, now green, and the flowers. It's glorious, isn't it?

To me, this is what our men and women died for. To me this is American. And every child's laugh today is like a bell giving an angel his/her wings. Every joyous laugh from a child lifts a soldier up.

The willingness to give up your very life - to leave your children, your home - to go across the world to fight for freedom. Sometimes, not agreeing with the fight, but believing in the ideals of freedom itself. This, this idealism, this bravery is breathtaking.

So, to those who served and serve still, thank you.

To those who have lost loved ones, my heart aches for you, my soul thanks you for your sacrifice. May my son's giggles tomorrow heal your heart, just a little bit, as his first popsicle drips down his chin and onto his new All American Boy t-shirt, know that while we are laughing and smiling and enjoying the day we know, I know, that the sacrifice your loved ones made is what protects this...this beautiful day where we all stop and smell the apple pie.

They did not give their lives in vain.

We will be attending the parade, and as The Boss grows up, he will learn about the day and why it is a Holiday. His great grandfathers fought in WW2 and his Bob-Bob served in the army during Vietnam. By the grace of God, they all survived. We are so grateful.
By relishing the sun and the celebrations, please know that I haven't forgotten your service, your sacrifice, I honor it. I honor it by enjoying the very things your loved one died for, the things your loved one loved too.

There are no words in the English language, nor I suspect in any known tongue on this earth, to convey my thanks, my gratitude, my very soul filled love and appreciation for you. All of you. Those who serve. Those who are families of those who serve...for you serve too.

And lastly, for those who died. Bless you. Bless you. Bless you.


And God Bless America.

6 comments:

MommaD said...

Although I totally understand your post, I disagree. We attend our towns Memorial Day parade and service. There is plenty of time for bbq's the other days of the weekend, and even tomorrow afternoon after paying our respects. But for us, tomorrow is about honoring that sacrifice. We choose to celebrate being American on the 4th of July, and to keep Memorial Day about rememberance.


That being said, you wrote a great post and was very respectful with expressing your views. Definitely will continue to visit!

Allyson & Jere said...

I tought this was a GREAT post, and I fully agree with you. It was a good reminder to me of what this holiday is REALLY about.

Hmmm, not sure how I'm feeling about that comment above there.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your day fully, as it sounds like you will.

Babes Mami said...

Happy Memorial Day!

allissa said...

What a great post! I knew I loved your blog for a reason!

Happy Memorial Day!

WDC said...

This:
The willingness to give up your very life - to leave your children, your home - to go across the world to fight for freedom. Sometimes, not agreeing with the fight, but believing in the ideals of freedom itself. This, this idealism, this bravery is breathtaking.

is very well said and very true.

HRH Mommy said...

It doesn't matter whether I agree or disagree. What matters is that you found a beautiful way to put your thoughts and feelings into words. Beautifully written!