I’ve been reflecting this weekend on the true meaning of Memorial Day. It was NOT created just so we’d have a long holiday weekend to kick off the summer season. I grew up as an Army brat and spent many Memorial Day’s on parade fields with military celebrations and picnics. I ran across this poem which says it well:
Because of you we can get up every morning and go to work run errands at lunch time drive through McDonald’s fill up our gas tanks and make it back to work just in time
Because of you we don’t have houses we have homes where we walk through the door the dog jumps on us as do our children we hug our spouses and smell dinner cooking
Because of you we have artwork from Kindergarten and shopping lists hanging on the refrigerator along with pictures held up with tape or magnets school pictures, pictures of gramma and grampa pictures of babies, kittens, and teenagers dressed for the prom
Because of you we gather around the dinner table play in the backyard with our kids feed the cat, walk the dog splash water on our children in the tub then tuck them into bed with hugs and kisses and reassurance there are no monsters in closets or under beds
Because of you with the children asleep and the dishes all done men make love to their wives wives make love to their husbands and drift off to sleep intertwined feeling life is good, all is well and we are safe
Because of you we are safe we can sit in fields watching our kids play soccer or in the stands watching our kids play hockey we can grill hamburgers and hot dogs eat potato salad and cole slaw drink ice cold beer and play pool while the kids run through sprinklers
Because of you we must remember to have a moment of silence on Memorial Day to remember your sacrifice and your family’s and to thank you that we get to live these lives sometimes eventful, sometimes uneventful but always full of possibilities
Because of you
This poem is by Lisa Milligan, a writer that lives in Fairfax, VA.
While you’re at it…consider joining the USO – a private organization, recognized by our government with the mission of “lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families”.
May God bless America and the troops who keep us free.