We Honor and Remember You

Written on by Valerie Melroy

Today we honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Military on home or foreign soil for all of us to be safe and free.  These brave soldiers throughout the years and wars paid the ultimate price for you and me.  Remembering their tremendous sacrifice creates a feeling of awe and releases our deepest gratitude.

When I think of the soldiers, I also think of their families for their great loss.  Many men in my family served in the military, including my oldest son, a Marine who was deployed early during the Iraq War.  All of the men in my life came home.  My best friend’s brother did not.  I vividly remember getting the call that Jimmy died shortly after he enlisted in the U.S. Army.   The story of the two uniformed men who delivered the news at their front door and the deep cries of mourning for years to come made a lasting impact.  When honoring each soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice, including a remembrance of the grief and sorrow of the family who loved them is important too.

Every Memorial Day a moment of silence takes place at 3 p.m. local time as a national remembrance.  Today at 3, after a moment of silence, I will say a prayer of thankfulness for all soldiers who gave their lives and ask that blessings, peace, and hope rest in and on their family and generations. 

Will you join me in commemorating their great sacrifice?       

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