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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Putting Memorial Day into perspective......

Just received an email from our friend Pat serving in Iraq for his second tour there.
He always writes so well and puts our busy lives here at home into perspective!
Below is part of his email, in honor of Memorial Day.
God Bless our troops, God Bless America and God Bless you and yours!


No matter what your political affiliation, views of the war or personal convictions, I hope you will reflect on what personal sacrifice really means. Those Gold Star families know, like no other could even imagine, the depth of sacrifice that accompanies a lifetime of loss. Those of us – fellow soldiers, family and friends, are left with only the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters. On this Memorial Day, we need to reconnect with those memories and deepen our hope that someday – someday soon, we will not have to build any more memorials to our honored dead, because of those who paved the road to freedom with their sacrifice.

If you can, please take a few minutes sometime this weekend to visit a memorial, a fallen military relative or friend’s grave, or “post the colors” as you see fit. Just to stop from the hectic weekend of picnics and shopping and reconnect with the meaning of this holiday from the comfort and security of your homes can do. I know we will - in our own way – all the way out here in the sandbox.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and best to all.

Patrick McDonald

6 comments:

Mrs. G said...

What a great Memorial Day letter and reminder to all of us to stop and really appreciate the service that these young people are sacrificing for our freedoms.
God Bless America and God Bless you all.
Hugs,
Sue

Mary said...

This was great and made me pause and think about the real reason for this special holiday.

Thanks for stopping by - glad you are enjoying stories of my trip home to England. It was so beautiful this Spring, hard to come back!

God Bless all who serve THIS great country.

Julio said...

Happy Memorial Day weekend Linda!

What a great reminder about the significance of this holiday. My thoughts and appreciation to all those who served and sacrificed their lives to keep our nation safe.

xoxo
Julio

Bellamere Cottage said...

Another beautiful day in the PNW!! Isn't it beautiful?

Did you see the little "Queen" widget on my blog? I think you should have that too! :-)

Happy Memorial Day....

Blessings,
Spencer

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful letter. I do give thanks for those who serve our country and fight for our freedoms. God bless all of them! My husband served in Viet Nam. Not many people thanked those returning soldiers. laurie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great post! Hope you had a great weekend.
Glenda