This past Memorial Day weekend was not just about having a three day weekend, but about the sacrifices that were made who are now sleeping. The purpose of this particular topic is not only to remember those who have passed on, but to remember what we have and gained BECAUSE of their sacrifices.
Freedom is taken way too lightly. Even I do not appreciate freedom as much as I really should. I can live in my apartment in peace and not have to hear screams or gunfire outside my window. I can walk the streets without having to see lifeless bodies strewn about. I can eat at restaurants and enjoy camaraderie with my friends without having to worry if a bomb is going to go off. Most of all, I can live in a safe country where I can see my family and friends and not have to worry if they go missing in a fiery storm of angry mob fights.
Past, current, and future wars can teach us so many things: the results of a disagreement or an argument, hardship, endurance, anger, fear, sacrifice, and love. What do we as people who are not actually involved in the fight do? We do not appreciate our freedom enough! Why am I saying this? We complain! We complain about our paycheck. We complain about our jobs and the people we have encountered for the day. We complain about long hours at the office. We complain about the dent we just got on our new car. We complain about being tired and having to come home and take care of the kids or walk the dog. We complain. About. Every. Little. Thing. We. Have. Been. Blessed. With! Yet, our soldiers who are stationed and scattered throughout the entire world to ensure our freedom are not getting paid enough to put their lives on the line for undeserving people like us! Our soldiers whose jobs are to deal with angry people 24/7 (with guns in their hands)! Our soldiers who work for days/weeks straight! Our soldiers whose only forms of transportation are being constantly aimed at with missiles, land-mines, bombs, and bullets! OUR soldiers whose only desire is to just see their families, even hear the voice(s) of their families! OUR soldiers who miss their dog(s) and just want to walk them just to wiggle their toes in grass rather than sand!
*See this video to see that even this dog appreciates his/her freedom:
Sacrifices were made for us so we can have freedom. Think about it. How sad is it that we COMPLAIN on a daily basis when there are other people, like our soldiers out there, who are living their lives in dangerous environments and consider themselves blessed?!
Like pastor said during this past Sunday morning’s service, many other countries do not know or see what the value of a single life is anymore and that is sad. What’s even worse is that we do not see the value of a single life anymore either. We as Americans do care about our soldiers, but we do not care enough. Caring has been in our nation’s blood since our founding fathers signed that rugged old parchment. That’s why we are “meddling” in everyone’s business. Next time you complain about our wars, think about those who have sacrificed their lives for you to be able to complain. Think about those who are currently sacrificing time away from their families for you to complain and think about our future soldiers who will sacrifice their lives for your grand/children to complain. The life of a soldier was given to us freely. By choosing to wear that uniform, whether the outfit consists of the colors that represent the Marines, the Navy, the Air Force, or the Army, that soldier puts it on with pride knowing VERY well that s/he may never be able to see their family/friends again.
I know Memorial Day is in honor of those who have passed on, but I also want to thank my veterans, current and future military men and women and their families who continue to make the sacrifices of those who have gone on. Whether you are/were behind the computer, working on a plane, putting on a band-aid, or fighting on the battlefield, I thank YOU. I also thank our soldiers’ families for letting your loved ones go to protect our country so that I may have my freedom. I may not know what it’s like, but I can imagine lots of mommies/daddies overseas who have children at home or expecting your first little one, but cannot be there to hear their first cry. I commend the courageous moms and dads out there who are home taking care of the kids, paying the bills, and worrying to death, while your loved one is fighting half a world away. Thank you!
Our soldiers who have passed on have not died. They are sleeping. And I thank our sleeping sacrifices that I am able to sit here on my couch in my apartment on this beautiful night to write this blog entry.
*For an extra treat, check out this article if you really do not know what Memorial Day means and add a bit more knowledge to that brain of yours. 😛