Today is Memorial Day,when we remember those who fought and died for our country. Of course,there are those who just think of the day as a day off from work,a day to BBQ,go shopping,and drink too much. Nothing says thank you for dying for me than buying crap you don't need at 20% off! That being said,we will enjoy a BBQ,and a few games of horseshoes as well...but we know what this day all about.
This morning we lower the flag to half staff,and go march with the Boy Scouts in the Rochester parade. After the parade,we will head back home. We will watch something on TV about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice that will make me cry (as it does every year) and I will take some time in quiet reflection. Memorial Day for me is not just honoring our heroes,it brings up the realization that I could have lost my husband in Iraq. He could have zigged instead of zagged,or the bullet could have gone an inch more to the right and not hit his vest. I could have a folded flag instead of a husband.
So today I hug my hubby tighter than usual. I am always grateful he made it home,but on this day,even more so. I find myself more emotional on this day than others.My thoughts go out to those who only have a flag and memories,and my heart breaks.
For those of my friends who celebrate this day,please take a moment and reflect on what this day is all about.
To those who have died for our freedom,thank you a million times over. It's a debt that can never be repaid.
Happy Memorial Day.