Officially, yesterday was Memorial Day. For the loved ones of the fallen however, every single day is.
A friend of mine is a Gold Star dad. He lost his son in 2003 in Iraq. His son paid the ultimate price for us. Our fighting men and women do not get to decide where or how to defend our liberty and freedom, but they risk everything when they do. Every year the anniversary of a son’s birthday reminds him of his loss. The anniversary of his son’s death reminds him of his loss. Memorial Day reminds him of his son’s loss. The anniversary of 9/11 reminds him of his son’s loss.
Everyday is Memorial Day to this father, and I expect it is so for so many others as well.
They personally know the real price of freedom through the loss of their precious loved ones. Every family who has a loved one, or loved ones, serving our country prays that they will never have to face the bad news that all too many others have received. Others will pay a price with serious life-long injuries and pain, many with lifelong consequences.
The solace for them, and any small comfort that my friend finds is knowing that his wonderful child was doing what he lived to do, and doing it proudly, with honor, and his sense of duty to his country, and always with his fellow soldiers welfare foremost in his mind.
My friend knows his son was a hero, they all are, he just hopes others know and appreciate that truth as well, and that we never fail to remember that freedom is not free.
Yesterday was Memorial Day, but so is today, and so is tomorrow.
Of all the tributes I saw and read over the past week, the video below in particular stood out, because it says it all, so beautifully.
God bless America.
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