30 May, 2011

More Than a Holiday

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Most of my friends from back home find it a good time to head to the lake. And, really, I used to just think of it as a long weekend. I'd like to say that I always took the time to remember sacrifices made, but I'm not sure that's completely true. The churches I went to growing up always seemed to make an effort to recognize those who served in the military, but my own reflecting never went beyond that.

Now, of course, I'm much more aware of sacrifices made and lives lost. I suppose all of us could say that though. I can only hope that my civilian friends {and readers, of course} will stop for just a few minutes and remember the ones who paid the cost of freedom and their families. Because this is what Memorial Day is really all about:

Service

Sacrifice


Freedom


To finish up my weekend, I am going with Annie tomorrow to participate in a lantern floating ceremony. They give out only so many lanterns during the day and then they are all released at sunset. It's going to be amazing and I can't wait to take part in it. 

I hope all of you are having a great holiday weekend. Hopefully this will be my last big holiday solo {for a while}. Hopefully.

3 comments:

AF wifey said...

I have to admit... before I married my Airmen I was a typical civilian. I just thought of this holiday as a long weekend too. But now I realize it is more than that! The only thing I can do now is spread what I know and have realized with my other civilian friends and hope they take sometime to remember what this day is about too.

Lindsay @ Tails to Tell said...

So true! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I'm a military wife trying to get by in Hawaii, as well. Can't wait to read more!

~The Buzuleciu's~ said...

We are planning on going to the lantern floating ceremony too! Maybe we will see you guys there :)