Writing a post specifically FOR/ON Memorial Day feels “not enough”, ya know? Because what can I really say? While I sit here in my cooled off, cozy home, with the laughter of friends floating in from the other room and the smells of all things BBQ filling up the backyard, I remember that across our country and our world, this day represents a plethora of different experiences from this one.
For some, who are living an ocean away to protect my freedoms and rights, today is another day of waking up away from their families, of facing the very real threat of death at any moment, of choosing to be with their battle buddy one last time because they’re literally breathing their last breath right there in their arms.
For others, who live next door or down the street or in another state, today is filled with memories and tears as they simultaneously celebrate and mourn, as they grapple with the dreams of the life they would have had if their soldier had come back alive instead of cradled in a flag-draped casket in the belly of that plane.
With that in my mind, what on earth is there to say? To the ones still fighting and also to the ones who are left behind in their new normal?
All I know to say is thank you. I know it’s not enough, and I know that I have no idea what your every day life is like, or how it feels to try and fall asleep with rockets and bombs exploding around you, or how hard anniversaries are now, or what it’s like to even fathom raising children without your spouse. I have no idea what it’s like to really, truly, face death and yet be settled in my heart that I’m still willing to walk towards it, OR to be the one meeting that casket at the airport in your town when you thought you would be running out to their arms instead.
Thank you for your sacrifices.
Thank you for this life I get to live because of all you’ve done.
Thank you for believing in our great nation and defending it with your whole being.
Thank you for our freedoms. We have so many.
Thank you for choosing selflessness when the whole world pushes for the opposite.