On Memorial Day, we honor those who have died in service to our country. Today I don’t have anything profound to say. Instead I’m sharing a few of the articles that I’ve read or website I’ve visited as I’ve been thinking about this day and preparing to explain it to my son.
Weekly Address: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes This Memorial Day | President Obama
Like generations of heroes before them, these Americans gave everything they had—not for glory, not even for gratitude, but for something greater than themselves. We cannot bring them back. Nor can we ease the pain of their families and friends who live with their loss.
But we are the Americans they died to defend. So what we can do—what we must do—is fulfill our sacred obligations to them, just like they fulfilled theirs to us. We have to honor their memory. We have to care for their families, and our veterans who served with them. And as a nation, we have to remain worthy of their sacrifice—forever committed to the country they loved and the freedom they fought for and died for.
Honor the Fallen Database | Military Times
Honoring those who fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn
A Letter to My Children on Memorial Day | Bronwyn Lea at Huffington Post
For while I don’t understand and can’t condone the reasons for all the wars the U.S. has engaged in, I now know that Memorial Day is not about the politics of war. It is about the individuals and families I now know by name whose fathers, brothers, sons and daughters have traveled far away in our service at great cost and at great risk to themselves and their loved ones. I have now sat with a friend whose father was killed in Lebanon. Memorial Day honors those who have fallen.
At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy | Rachel Martin at NPR
“I’ve heard that wail from a father, and the picture in my mind is the father of a Marine, and the transfer case has come off the plane and it’s been put into the vehicle. It’s been closed up. We’ve saluted. And the vehicle starts to pull off and the honor guard is marching behind. And this guy reaches out — I can see it — he just reaches out like this, and he just screams, for his son.”
I hope that you take time this weekend to remember those who lost their lives, to thank their families, to visit a cemetery, or to explain the weight of Memorial Day to your children.