A day of remembrance.
A day to say Thank You and We Miss You to the fallen.
A day to look at your family and friends as they gather for the annual cookout and be thankful that you are there with them. That you, as an American have that right, that freedom to do so.
So many people can say, “We support our Military,” and some of those people have lost someone close to them. Our hearts and minds never forget them, but others only see it as a passing thing. That’s sad to say, but it’s the truth. They see the flag but they don’t get the meaning behind it. The true meaning that is.
Today is more than barbeques and backyard fireworks. It’s a day to remember the fallen soldiers that had laid their lives on the line to make sure our freedom stays in tact. Its for the men and women who currently serve that give their full devotion day in and day out to make sure we can live in a free country. It’s a day to say thank you for your service, thank you and your families for your sacrifices. As anyone in a military family will tell you it’s not only the soldier that serves, but their family as well. They sacrifice in a different way but it is still a sacrifice that should be acknowledged. Today’s a day to look to the sky and salute the angels watching over us. They are gone but not forgotten.
We want to say thank you to our service men and women. To our family members who we have laid to rest, the ones that have retired, the ones currently serving and the next generation who will be going into basic training soon, thank you. You are our past, present and our future. I’m proud to say I am a military brat. My dad retired from the Army when I was a young child but there is something about growing up in a Military family that is unlike any other. I can’t describe it. I listened to my dad’s stories as a young child and for a time I thought going into the Military. It’s something I thought I wanted to do. I learned real fast, that wasn’t for me. So my job now is to support my family, friends and co-workers who have or who will be following in the steps as many before them.
When you have a family member join any branch of service, your worry that one day they will not come home. You’ll open the door to a chaplain or someone in uniform there to deliver you the news that will change your life in ways you never imagined. You also learn of the heartache it causes. Without our military we would not be in a place of freedom. In God we trust. In our Hearts we remember. In our Freedom we Remember.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia
Please give a moment of silence to the ones we honor today.
The U.S. Joint Service Color Guard on parade at Fort Myer, Virginia in 2001. This joint color guard shows the organizational colors of each branch (left to right): National, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy,U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
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