Thank you for your service…

It’s Memorial Day.  Though most Americans identify this holiday with a long weekend filled with barbecue, pool openings and fun with friends there are countless families missing a loved one on this somber holiday.

As I mentioned in my Veteran’s Day post, I grew up in a family that knows the sacrifice a soldier makes to protect the liberties that we often take for granted.  Today I am mindful of my Uncle Dave, whom I never met.  He was killed in a rice paddy in Cambodia during Vietnam.  He heroically sacrificed his own life so that his fellow soldiers could get out of harm’s way.  I have lost count of how many tears I have watched my family shed as they fight to keep his memory alive.  I learned first hand that it is the soldier and his whole family who go to war.

I think of my Dad, Cousin, Grandfathers, and other uncles who all served in the military to protect my freedom, submitting themselves in humble service to something greater than themselves.  I am deeply thankful and incredibly proud.

But I am also mindful of the people who I will never meet who have given so much.  So today I say thank you for your service.

To the soldier deployed in a land far away, longing to see their family and friends back home – thank you for your service.

To the Mom stationed on an air base in the middle of the desert, staring at the photos of her children on the other side of the world – thank you for your service.

To the soldiers who have eliminated terrorist threats while we sleep comfortably in our beds – thank you for your service.

To the men and women who willingly travel wherever their mission leads them, whether it be a sandy desert hillside, or a Navy ship at sea – thank you for your service.

To the Father who is missing the birth of his first child while deployed – thank you for your service.

To those who have been held captive or are missing in a foreign land – thank you for your service.

To those who have committed a lifetime of blood sweat and tears to this great nation – thank you for your service.

To the families that stand firm behind each soldier – thank you for your service.

To the parents raising children at home while their spouse is deployed – thank you for your service.

To the soldier who came home from war, only to face another battle back home – thank you for your service.

To the countless veterans who lost a friend and comrade at war – thank you for your service.

To the wives and mothers who clutch a carefully folded flag while taps ring out over the casket of their fallen soldier – thank you for your service.

To the fathers who long to see their sons and daughters come home from war – thank you for your service.

To the children who grow up with one or both of their parents often deployed – thank you for your service.

To the parents who get the dreaded call that their soldier paid the ultimate price – thank you for your service.

To the soldiers who carry their fallen comrades home from war – thank you for your service.

To the homeless men and women who gave their best years to protect our freedom – thank you for your service.

To the veterans, the humble heroes, who live and work in our midst each day – thank you for your service.

To the soldiers who have paid the ultimate price, giving their lives for our liberty – thank you for your sacrifice.

May God bless each of you today and every day.

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3 thoughts on “Thank you for your service…

  1. Love this post Harmony! I think you covered all the bases!
    I took a little different slant on Friday – restorationheart.blogspot.com – but it might interest you – especially the part about missing birth of first child as that’s just what my dad did. Mother barely knew she was pregnant when he sailed away for the south Pacific war. I was six months old when he returned. The newspaper had a big picture of Daddy sitting on the grass in his uniform with the Japanese sword he brought home and me on his lap.

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