So often we get caught up in all the activities that follow the announcement of a three day weekend. We think about how many people we’ll invite to the lake house, how many burgers we need to buy at the grocery store and which days will allow maximum time to sleep in. I am very guilty of thinking this way myself, and am stoked to enjoy my day off this Monday. However, I forget so often who actually granted me the freedom to be able to go to work every day without fear, come home everyday to a warm, comfortable house and enjoy the relaxation of a three day weekend.
Memorial Day is a time to pause, reflect and remember our fallen heroes.
Memorial Day is not simply just to think of how we will enjoy time with family and friends, but to think of the ones who have spent each holiday away from theirs, in order to keep all of us safe and secure. It’s a time to empathize with those who have lost greatly and for those who are still grieving. Memorial Day is about extending a hand of loving kindness to those around you who really need it. It’s about being ever thankful for the freedom that you have to enjoy the life you live each and every day.
This year for Memorial Day, we here at VoiceNation chose to remember those who have fought furiously for us by writing letters of thankfulness and gratitude. After our note was complete, we tied each of them to three balloons; one red, one white and one blue. We gave each person a moment to reflect, and then all together released our letters into the air and watched them soar into a sea of white clouds, each one proudly representing those that we love and so greatly miss.
So this year, on May 25th, 2015 take the time to pause, reflect and remember. We have incredibly brave warriors that put their lives on the line, each day for the freedom of our country. We could not be here without them and this Memorial Day, as we wrap our arms around those we love, let us be wrought with thankfulness and shaped by the sacrifice of all the men and women who are no longer with us but have died with honor and dignity; with liberty and justice for all.