Memorial Day 2012

This past weekend we celebrated Memorial Day… with a three-day weekend, golf, barbeque and cleaning the house.  That doesn’t sound much like honoring those who have served our country, does it?  Sadly, for many of us, Memorial Day has become just another one of those days — extra time off from work, an extended vacation, a day to get caught up on things we never have time to do.

Now, I feel a little guilty.  My dad was a veteran of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and World War II, and served proudly…. and he was an amazing person and father.  We toasted to him before we dug into our Guy Fieri Bloody Mary steak… was that little nod enough?  Was it enough to just say “we remember those we’ve loved and lost” or should we have done something a little more symbolic?  I know in my heart there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish my dad could see how my life is now, and I wish like hell he could be a part of it.  It’s a little too cliché to say that “every day is Memorial Day” when it comes to those who are no longer with us, and maybe we need annual days like this to bring it all into perspective, collectively, as a country. It gives us pause to honor those who have served, and are serving our country and reminds all of us of how great is it to live in the United States.

photo by Tara Fort

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