Memorial Day: Honoring those who sacrifice so we can be free.

As you know, Monday will be Memorial Day, a day we honor those in service to the United States military so we as a country can be free. Today’s post won’t be a long one, yet I hope you will read all the way through as I show ways we can honor those who lay down their lives on a regular basis, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives, and the families of those who have given their time and/or lives to service so we can live in a free country.

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Honoring the fallen and forgotten

I think because some of us who aren’t in the military, or hear and see of war on television or in movies, we have become numb to violence and apathetic to what is really going on overseas. Now, this is just my opinion, and if you disagree that is okay, I am just sharing stuff I have seen. I have seen those who are serving or the families of those same people and they see things we as regular American citizens will never see or hear. We – and I am speaking to myself as well here – tend to complain about things such as a barista getting our coffee order wrong, when there are those who have died for us to enjoy the luxury of walking or driving safely to that coffee shop without getting shot or worse. I know I tend to do this and when I realize it, I have to take a step back and realize how blessed I am and how grateful I should be. Also, one thing I have noticed – especially with my step dad going through stuff regarding getting the benefits and stuff due him from having been in -, is how the government and others don’t even look in your direction unless you mention you served in either the world wars, or are currently serving. I am thankful for all those who serve, served, or gave their lives, but I also have to remind myself at times that there are those who did their time and have either been stricken with various illnesses, have become homeless, or simply are not given the proper respect because what they did wasn’t on the news or was considered popular.

My hope for this Memorial is that everyone would find ways to remember those who gave their lives and veterans. Ways you can show your respect is by doing such things as:

  • Write a letter or give a card to a veteran/a family member of someone who served our country and gave their life.
  • See if they need help getting somewhere/help paying bills or getting groceries. Basically be a good neighbor and find ways they could use some help, and if you are able to meet that need then try to do as such.
  • Simply showing your appreciation by thanking them and being respectful

This is just a few ways you can show your appreciation. If there is something you do to honor vets or families of the fallen share your comments below.

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Showing respect and gratitude to those currently serving

So we talked about ways to honor veterans, those who have given their lives, and the families of the fallen. Next we will discuss how you can honor the living and those who are serving and unable to be with their families. A few of the ways I show my respect is when I see a family who has someone serving and they are away from them for a period, I try to find ways I am able to help whether by making food, seeing if they need baby-sitting, etc. Other ways you can show your respect is by writing the soldiers letters and sending care packages to them as a way to say thank you and help them remember why they are fighting and who they are fighting for. I have personally been praying for a few soldiers that are overseas, and this year I am thinking of seeing if there are those overseas who do not have anyone and could use some encouragement or just a pen pal. By doing this you are showing that you respect those who sacrifice to give you the freedom you have in this country, as well as keep things in perspective and at the forefront of your mind. Because if you’re anything like me, sometimes I get so preoccupied with my “stuff” that I forget to look around me and outside of myself and help others – even if it is a kind word or smile.

So what are some things you can do to show your support this Monday and hopefully all year round? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Happy Memorial weekend yall, and thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, who gave their lives for my freedom, and especially the families who either have lost loved ones or have those who are currently serving. God bless you, and I see you!

Happy Trails,


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