Today is a day in which we honor the men and women that lost their lives fighting for our freedom, for our country. Today is Memorial Day.
To many, this just means a three-day weekend to party and drink a lot of alcohol. To some, it's about the sales at numerous businesses. To me, it's about truly honoring those who have fought in the United States Armed Forces and lost their lives defending this country and my freedom.
I am not a military anything: wife, girlfriend, daughter, mother, anything. My grandfather fought in the Army, and I wish I would have asked him about it more before he passed away but I didn't. I know he was there, and then he was home, as the grandfather I always knew. I do not know first hand what it's like to have a loved one in the military. I don't have the knowledge of the pain that results from enduring deployment and not knowing whether your loved one is safe. I don't know exactly how it feels to hold down the fort at home caring for children when my mind is on my significant other overseas.
What I do know is that it's hard. I have many friends that live the military lifestyle, and it's something that I would never wish on anyone. It's a lot of worry and anxiety (of which I have enough of already). I know that it's sacrifice, day in and day out. It's moving your family across the country. It's obsessing over your phone waiting for that call to come through just to talk to your loved one for five minutes, if you even get five minutes. It's boot camp and lingo civilians have no idea about.
And then it's the dreaded phone call that everyone fears: their loved one died in battle. It's those family members that we honor today. We honor the heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice. They gave up their lives defending our freedom, our rights, our country. They died for me. They died for you. They died for us all.
They are our heroes.
I pray that today especially, we remember and honor our heroes. I pray that we will not only celebrate with BBQ's & cold beer, but we'll remember why we're celebrating. I also pray for all of the families in our nation that grieve the loss of loved ones that fought for us. I pray that they may find comfort and peace in knowing they gave their all. I also pray for continued support for all military families, that they feel appreciation from fellow Americans for the loss of their loved ones in the line of duty.
Remember our heroes. Today, and every day.