Memorial Day is the day we specifically set aside to honor America’s war dead. Many families will take some time this weekend to visit a cemetery or attend a village ceremony honoring those brave and selfless individuals who fought and died for our country. Thankfully, even in this era of insanely rapid, global communication, we still maintain the quiet, simple traditions of Memorial Day: local parades, picnics, and barbecues with family members and friends.
I am struck by the following observation I found on the website, Eons, this morning:
“A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount of up to and including life.”
Powerful. Sometimes, most times . . . we forget.
For example, senior move managers frequently are charged with the task of handling or distributing a client’s mementos. What to do with keepsakes from military service is often part of the larger process. Many senior move managers indicate adult children and grandchildren are not all that interested in the Greatest Generation’s military memorabilia, which usually surfaces while downsizing before a move or following a death. Interesting, isn’t it? Is a Purple Heart ever “clutter?” What’s the expiration date on valor?
Let’s take a moment this weekend to commemorate the fallen heroes of wars past and present in our own way. We have this one day to honor and remember.