It’s Memorial Day and a time to remember those who have sacrificed and those who died for us.
On this day each year, I always think of the uncle I never knew that died in WWII. We actually know much about him, but I will always be sad that I never knew my father’s handsome little brother who endured such great hardship and suffering in war. My father never talked too much about him because I think it was just too painful to do so. But, he made sure we knew about him and how he died.
Perhaps that is the reason I’ve always taken Memorial Day to heart. It’s personal. Because it is personal for me, I appreciate how it is personal and painful for many, many other family members and dear friends today, too.
Today, we remember and mourn together for our loved ones gone much too soon, and we also show our appreciation as we are moved to do so, including taking time to be with family. These days, that is certainly something to celebrate, and I think many loved ones gone before us are smiling when we gather.
Today, I hope you will remember those gone and celebrate those present. We are truly blessed indeed. May we never take that blessing for granted.