Memorial Day 2008: To Our Soldiers

Always on my mind is how blessed we are that Captain Dad returned safely to us from Iraq. And doubly blessed that all his men returned home, too. Other units, operating in similar areas, with similar missions met with ill luck.

Memorial Day is about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and also acknowledging their impact on our lives–the freedoms we cherish, the peace we enjoy, and also the spirits that will always surround us.

And this day is also about their families–who carry the weight of that sacrifice.

This day is about those who have passed, but it is also about our living veterans.

Surrounding that soldier, young and strong, head bowed in respect; or that soldier, old and stoic in the neatly pressed remainders of his uniform; or that soldier, out of uniform, but always a warrior…is a phalanx of comrades and a platoon of memories.

With their fallen gone to glory, these survivors bear witness and carry that burden of the lives unlived.

What these survivors sacrificed and lost along the way, as our guardians, our proxies, and sadly at times our scapegoats, we civilians, even those of us who have loved a soldier, may never know or understand.

Due to the abuse of Mr. Linky, I am just putting the relevant added links below:

1. Table for Five
2. Trish
3. Trish (eMOM)
4. Leaner
5. kbug

Those who abuse Mr. Linky and leave unrelated commercial links, especially on a post honoring our fallen soldiers, shame on you.

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2 comments

  1. Trish says:

    What a great blog. I love that you’re also spotlighting others posts as well. It’s great to surf all the posts and see what everyone is saying today. Wishing you all the best.

  2. kbug says:

    This was such a great idea…what a great way to pay tribute to our troops, past and present. The link I put up is actually my post from last year, but it holds a very special place in my heart.

    A boy, eh? Seth’s is too. Katie teases him about being gone. She says he’s going off to play war while she gives birth to “the spawn of Satan”…anyone who knows Seth would have to agree….. :) Did you win the battle of where DH will be when yours is born?