I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. ~Benjamin Harrison
Today is a day to remember those in the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day should inspire in all of us a deep sense of gratitude. Specifically, this holiday is meant to honor the war dead but it has extended to honor all of those who serve or have served. When a service member dies, the loss is felt most deeply by that person’s family. However, the loss is felt in a broader sense by all of us who benefit from that sacrifice. We are humbled and enormously grateful to all of those brave and unassuming service men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. We owe a debt of gratitude to the individuals and also to the families that they left behind. Politics aside and personal views on war aside, the fact that there are men and women who right now are willing to put put their own life on the line for all of us deserves more than just a blog post and a wreath on a grave. This is our way to humbly say thank you and to say that we recognize your sacrifice and realize that we owe you a debt that cannot be repaid. If we Live Inspired and lead a good life full of good works, we can at least attempt to make that sacrifice mean a little bit more.
For more on Memorial Day, here’s a link to the wikipedia page.