Recently our daughter asked us what Memorial Day was about, and she was finally at an age where she could understand the explanation. It’s in these moments, where you are explaining things in terms that a child can understand, that you realize just how fortunate we are to be living in an amazing country like this. The United States is only about 4.4% of the world’s 7.2 billion population. The opportunity to live in this country is almost like winning the lottery!
One of the things that makes our country so special is our military. The honorable service men & women who volunteer to do what most of us would not. We could be cynical and say that these people aren’t doing it for the honor but for the benefits, the education, etc. And although for some that may be the case, at the end of the day even those people will go where they are told and do what must be done.
A few years ago, our family had the privilege of visiting the war memorials in Washington D.C. and one of the things that those memorials do best is put things in perspective. When you read in history books about the number of soldiers that have made the ultimate sacrifice, it’s just numbers. But when you see 4,048 stars on a wall symbolizing the almost half a million soldiers that lost their lives in WWII, the never ending sea of white headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, or the names of each person lost in Vietnam you can’t help but be humbled.
There are not enough words to convey the appreciation that we have for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so I will end with a simple Thank You. Thank You to those service men and women that gave their lives for our country and Thank You to the families that sacrificed their children for our freedom. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.