Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day for Beginners

I got this image off of Dmarks' Throwaway blog.  I just found it really touching and good reminder to be respectful of the real meaning of Memorial Day.

I also saw this in the WikiHow widget on my homepage and thought I'd include it:  "How to Observe Memorial Day Weekend".

Mine is not a military family, which probably contributes to the fact that I sometimes put the whole thing out of my mind.  I do know of many kids locally who have entered the military, but so far, none that I know have lost their lives.  I couldn't be more grateful for how little any of what is going on now or what has gone on in the past, has affected me on the deepest personal level.  But really, it affects us all. 

I know it is a complicated issue and I don't have all of the understanding that I should.  Bringing things down to basics, to me, war is never the answer.  None of us should be asking people to die for us.  But just because I am against war, don't mistake that for being against the men and women who serve.  I support and respect them for doing what they do everyday. 

Honestly, this is a Monday off for me and I love having a day off.  I am going out to have a nice lunch with my family.  But I appreciate the fact that this year a lot of reminders were placed in my path about the real meaning of Memorial Day. 


Tara said...

I have a few friends who are veterans, but didn't find out until last year. Up until then, I have to admit that I celebrated the fact that we had a day off more than the actual reason.

Churlita said...

Amen. What a perfect post.

Ananda girl said...

Well said laura b! I hope you had a wonderful day off.

laura b. said...

Tara: It is odd in some ways, how few military people I know. But gots mad respect :-)

Churlita: Thank you!

Ananda: Thanks! I had a really nice day. And there you are entering week 2 as a newlywed :-D

dmarks said...

Good repeat of the picture and explanation. The credit goes to the Trekkies I got this from. Or more properly, all credit to the fallen veterans.

laura b. said...

Dmarks: Thank you...I really appreciated the post you did on the subject.