Happy Memorial Day! We finally have another three-day weekend and a day off of work, so everyone can rejoice! While these extra days off are well-deserved for all of us, whether you’re spending your Monday relaxing at home, traveling, or having an all-American barbecue, I do encourage you to take a moment to remember why we have this holiday in the first place.
As you all know, Memorial Day honors the men and women who have fallen while serving our country in the Armed Forces. Whether you agree with the wars or not, you can’t deny the bravery and incredible, life-altering sacrifices these people have made 一 and are still making 一 for our country. They see terrible things and put themselves in unsafe situations so we don’t have to. The reason we feel so safe in our day-to-day lives is their constant presence.
A couple of months ago, my uncle, who was a veteran, passed away from dementia. He was given a military funeral with an ordained military pastor to preside over the viewing, a motorcade, the folding of the American flag over the casket, the shooting of guns, and the playing of “Taps.” I have never been so moved at a funeral 一 mostly from witnessing the level of respect he was given.
That’s the kind of respect I want to give our soldiers. And that’s the feeling I want to re-create here. If you’re a veteran or are currently serving, I just want to say an enormous THANK YOU.
Before you all continue with your Memorial Day plans, I encourage you to watch this video and take a moment of silence. Because our fallen soldiers, who have sacrificed so much, deserve at least that.
For those who didn’t know, “Taps” actually has lyrics. Here they are below:
Day is gone, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
’Neath the sun, ’neath the stars, ’neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.
While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.
We always say how we would “literally” die for our loved ones and friends. Well these people literally loved their family and country enough to devote their lives to protecting it. And that deserves the highest respect.