Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Patriotic Thank You


People often think of Memorial Day as the kickoff to summer. Warm weather and a day off work always sound wonderful. However, the purpose of this patriotic day is to remember those who have served and fallen. We often go to a nearby cemetery to place American flags on the graves of service members. 

Because we were a military family, I always reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. While deployed, Jack did dangerous things and I am grateful my prayers were answered in his safe return to me. 

For this occasion, we honor our service men and women at their gravesites. We honor their lives by thanking them for their sacrifice made for us. 

Please teach the children in your lives the important difference between these two patriotic days.






Thanks,  L

Meredith

11 comments:

  1. Mere,,I love this post,,may we be thankful on this day for our men who died to help make us free,,and pray for the families who are left behind to carry on.

    L.

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  2. Hi Meredith, lovely tribute. Joining you in giving thanks and grattitude to those that have fallen in service of our allied forces and their families.

    Hugs
    Roz

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  3. Very well said Meredith. Growing up in a military family with a Dad that served 30+ years and now having a son who is still currently serving, these days have very special meaning. We do give thanks to our military service members who give of themselves so we can all sleep in peace at night. For those that lost their lives protecting our freedom, each one has my heartfelt gratitude.

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  4. Lovely post! Thank you Jack and Mere for your service to and sacrifice for our country.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  5. This is lovely Meredith. It's so important that we remember why these days occur and appreciate what we have because of the sacrifices of so many. Thank you.

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  6. Lovely post Meredith, we celebrate in November here, it never hurts to remember and thank the servicemen and women.
    love Jan, xx

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  7. A lovely tribute, Meredith. You have said it all so well. It is also a good reminder that we need to pass down our respect and gratitude of these heroes to the next generations.

    Ella

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  8. Thank you. I get so frustrated. This weekend is a time to honor those that didn't come home, not to celebrate the beginning of summer. And like you, I'm thankful my Dragon came home.

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  9. An important post here, Meredith! I agree, our children, as well as their children and generations to come, should know what Memorial Day is all about. They should also understand the difference between these two holidays.

    The other day, something on the internet led me to view a piece regarding a military dad returning home and surprising his family. I ended up watching quite a few of these with tears dripping down my face as I thought of the relief and joy it must be for loved ones to have their military men and women return home in one piece. I don't know how I ever could have handled that. You did, Dragon's Rose did. I give you so much credit and have so much respect for you both... for all who go through that every day. I am thankful to people like you, and especially to their loved ones who served- like Jack, and Dragon.

    This holiday is about those who sadly did not return. It is solemn. We gather together with family and friends on this holiday to remember, and celebrate our freedoms that these brave men and women fought for, and sacrificed their lives for. I am grateful to them, as well as their loved ones who gave up so much. Thank you for the special post! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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  10. I think you said it perfectly. My dad and all his brothers served. I am going to remind any who are confused what the difference in the days are!

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