Wednesday, June 02, 2010

think.

memorial.
last year we began a memorial day tradition. we take time to actually remember those who have served and fought for our freedom. we attend a memorial service in panora, ia.*  veterans are recognized, wreaths are presented for each united states conflict, a moment of silence is taken, and flags are raised at half-mast representing veterans that have passed away in the last year. 

it was hard to hear the names of young soldiers from iowa who sacrificed their lives, just recently:
 

Army Cpl. Jason Pautsch, 20, of Davenport


Army Capt. Daniel Whitten, 28, of Grimes**

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Davis, 19, of Perry

but it is so important to remember them.

now that mr.a is a member of the army national guard, i feel a strong sense of patriotism that i didn't have before. i may not have a flag waving in our front yard (yet), but i have a much greater appreciation for the sacrifices made by the generations before us.
we are certainly still making sacrifices; but military members today are provided many services and benefits that previous generations of servicemen were not afforded. it's incredible to hear stories from wives that would receive a single letter during their soldiers' entire deployment. though i dread the time mr.a will spend in afghanistan, i know we are blessed and i'm honored to be a part of our country's military.
i encourage you to take a moment out of your next memorial day to teach your children what you are actually celebrating. it's not just a day out of school, the official start to summer, or time to start wearing white again; but it is to honor the lives of those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.
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now please allow me to hop off my soapbox and tell you about what i wore.


*a small town where my in-laws grew up and many of our relatives still live.
**graduated from high school with my older brother.

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! I was thinking of Seth and your family all day Monday. Praying for you all as you prepare for his deployment and for his safety (and your sanity) when he is overseas. Love you!

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  2. I love this post. It was straight and to the heart and I pray that our children will grow up knowing that many have sacrificed their lives and many continue to serve for our freedom. It is so sad to see those who have died, especially so young.

    Thank you for being a military wife/mother and thank your hubby for serving! I will be praying for your husband (& you & your girls). We are so appreciative and forever grateful.

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