As I have matured I have come to realize and appreciate the true reason we celebrate Memorial Day. It is not for a long weekend that marks the unofficial beginning of summer, it is not an excuse to have a beach party and haul out the bbq, or sleep in on a Monday morning. (all good things, I might add) Rather, it is an opportunity for all of us to take just a few moments to think about, understand and be grateful for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, those that are in harm’s way now and those members of the military who support the fighting forces AND their families that are left behind.
As many of you know, I am the very proud daughter of a military hero. I spent my entire childhood as a Navy Junior (as opposed to Army Brat) and my father lost his life way too early, not in battle, but as a result of the years of battle he did participate in and the chemicals he was exposed to. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors and I miss him every single day. And I know I am not alone in this situation or in these feelings.
So, a big thank you to all of you who have served or are serving now or have lost a loved one in their time of service. Just a few people who are close to me who have served:
Master Chief Ron Bowlin (Ret)-USN
PN2 Sheryl Bowlin
Sr. Chief John Adler (Ret)
Master Chief Darel Handley (Ret)- USN
Capt Matt Warren-Army
Jerry Warren-Special Forces Vietnam War
and many more that I am not listing. Thank someone special to you this weekend.