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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Memorial Day

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

This is Memorial Day weekend. A time when most have BBQ's and enjoy and three day weekend. But there is a section of America to whom this day means more. They are the wives of those who have lost their service men.

Memorial Day started as a day that civil war widows (both Confederate and Union alike) decorated the graves of those they loved and lost. Later, it became a day when service men of any war were remember. A General recognized this and pushed for it to be a national day and it was celebrated on May 30th. It wasn't until the 70's, when congress decided they wanted a three day weekend, that it became the last Monday in May.

Having been at war for seven years (almost eight) now, I'm sure we all know someone who has lost a friend, brother, husband or son. Not many lives have gone untouched.

So while you are enjoying the sunny weather and the extra day off, please remember why we have the day off. Take time to thank those who serve our country. Take time to remember those who we have lost.

Remember that those men loved their country. They fought with honor, and they died heros. And we should remember, they fight for our freedom.

So the next time you see a service man, shake their hand. Appreciate all that they do for you. Appreciate that they are willing to give their lives for you. Appreciate that some already have. And appreciate all those families that made that sacrifice with them.

This is an important day, and most don't realize the true meaning of it. It is a time to be thankful for all those who gave up their lives for the greater good.

I personally will be thanking the wives of our service men for supporting the men who keep us safe. For loving the men who give up their lives for my freedom. For paying the ultimate price, so that my husband may live to fight another day.

I will forever be grateful to those that came before, and to those who will serve after. I will forever be in debt to those who died for my freedom. And I will never take it for granted.

"Freedom isn't free, " and some pay the ultimate price, so you don't have to.

You should be thankful for that.

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