I’m sure most of you have had a great, relaxing Memorial Day weekend so far. We’ve spent time with our family and friends enjoying time off from work and the other pressures of life. Others aren’t so fortunate. For them, today was a living hell. As was yesterday. As will be tomorrow. And the rest of their lives. They are the families who have lost a loved one in uniform.
This photo was sent to me by a friend who served in the Air Force flying B-52s. Or “aluminum overcast” as he calls them. I still crack up when I hear that. Every picture tells a story. This picture heartbreakingly sums up the first paragraph of this post perfectly:
Yes, there are many who will not enjoy this weekend. Nor will their lives ever be the same. My heart goes out to these parents and family of soldiers lost in action. I cannot bring myself to think of the horror the families of the fallen live every day.
AWD sends his utmost respect, honor and love to our men and women in uniform and their families. They are a force of good and willfully put themselves in harms way to protect ours and the liberties of others. i know we have many veterans who read and contribute to this page. I cannot have more respect for them! They are truly America’s best. No deeper tribute can be made than this:
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Our good friend Rides A Pale Horse put together a tribute for our heroes in uniform. Very well made and fitting of our fighting men and women:
Nice work, RAPH!
Here’s a tearjerker that came from a true story. A songwriter overheard the father of a fallen soldier tell another how he liked to drive his son’s truck to feel close to him. Words were put to music. Beautiful.
The worst pain a parent can feel is the loss of a child. As I mentioned, I cannot bring myself to even consider the thought. I don’t know how the parents of fallen soldiers do it. I guess they have no choice and just have to figure it out and try to string along one day after the next. However it is they do it, I will offer a special prayer tonight that they might be comforted.
Please remember to thank those who serve and have served our country in uniform. And remember to thank their families, too. God bless them all!