Happy Memorial Day

In Standardby Patrick

This title seems a bit contradictory to me. It is the usual custom to wish someone a happy Memorial Day, but at the same time, I can’t help but ponder what we are remembering and it is anything but happy. From a very young age my father taught me the respect for the men and women in the military, the flag and patriotism in general. He never served in the military, but tried several times and was denied for various reasons. He was quick to point out those in our family who have served and made sure I understood that our freedoms came with a very high price.

The time and place that he grew up was vastly different than it is today. Neighbors helped neighbors, men actually removed there hats when the national anthem played, and there was much more respect for the flag. This holiday is so important to reflect on and it will have different meaning for different people. Our greatest generation is declining rapidly. If given the chance to converse with a veteran, take the time to do so. Listen to there story and share. For those writing the next chapter of history currently serving, thank you and may God keep you safe.

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