As we set around and Facebook through the innumerable “remember the veterans” posts. please do that, but at the same time i understand if you don’t know a veteran, it is hard to thank one, or to grasp the meaning of Memorial day. If that is the case try this, think back to your grandfather and the day he taught you to drive, or gave you a playboy, or helped you up after getting bucked off, or any of the million or more “grandpa-only” lessons and let those guide you to finding the right understanding of Memorial day.
We all have so much more to be thankful for than for what some is an immeasurable presence. When today the average is .45% of all American(www.rangerup.com) young men and women who sign the line and raise their hand, hence committing themselves to uphold and defend the constitution of this great nation and our great way of life. While the remaining 99.45% of Americans hardest choice has been to another new cell phone contract, its hard for the majority of Americans to truly grasp the value of Memorial day, and what exactly we should be remembering.
So i offer this as to you as you go about your three-day weekend; be grateful for that which others have freely chosen to undertake, even if you yourself do not completely understand the choice. Hopefully you will get to spend time with family you haven’t seen in a while, i know part of my weekend was spent watching my oldest niece graduate from high school while holding my youngest nephew whom i had never met. At the same time this weekend has also been spent thinking about my grandfathers, and other family members who are no longer with us, and the lessons of right, wrong, and hard work they taught me that i have carried on, some with not even realizing until much later in life.
An example; Grateful and silent service has been a part of my families lives since before I can remember, A. F. & A. M., Odd-fellow, Rotary club, Lions club, VFW, Boy Scouts, American Legion, the list goes on, but the point is this: My family taught me to always be willing to give to others even when you(I) felt as if you(I) have nothing to give, our time is money and our most valuable possession next to our children, neither of which can we take with us, so spend it liberally on all for no point other than the opportunity to engage positively in someone else’s life.
And so at the end of your days, let your family remember the time you taught them to selflessly give of themselves for others, as a result of your belief to commit in writing and through oath to this great country, to be more than a participant but committed to our way of life and it’s protections, and grateful while doing so.