Memorial Day for the people in our household holds a special meaning. In part because Tom was in the military for 25 years, and understands the deeper meaning behind remembering fallen comrades and friends. Secondly because he himself was injured while serving his country. So for myself and our family I am thankful he is here and alive today because it could have turned out very differently.
What makes this day special is getting to spend it with family and friends. Watching my grandsons first time in a pool with Tom beside me. Doing what we love to do, and sharing it with the wonderful people we care about. So for this year we went to our friend Sandy and Bills, and spent the Sunday barbecuing, swimming and enjoying the day with good friends. Those relationships make a difference, especially when you know its real. There are some people that very easily become family as they are to us.
Yes it is a life choice but one that builds strength and character for most of the men and women who gladly serve. For some it's a way of pulling their lives together and making a fresh start, for others it’s a stepping stone to a higher goal. The way I have always seen it was as an act of selfless love. These men and women have a dignity and bearing that is hard not to miss. Our Vets all to often come home and do have a hard time assimilating back into what we all consider normal. Truthfully most of us wouldn’t know what to do if someone fired artillery or guns at us. Many would be babbling idiots if in their place and that's OK.
It takes a certain kind of selfless courage to put your life on the line, and I say that in regard to our police, firefighters and military who do so all the time. There are so many ways to say thank you to our military one is to adopt a soldier, sending letters and care packages, another is to adopt a platoon, or donate to groups that support the families of our soldiers providing gifts at Christmas and that help them in times of need while a husband or wife may be overseas serving their country. It may not seem like much and in some ways it is not enough to repay them for what they do.