Memorial Day. It is a day of pain and remembrance for many and a tribute to those who have fallen in the service of our country. It is also day of sadness for the families and loved ones whose soldiers who never made it back home again home.
My father was one of the lucky ones, he fought in WWII and was part of the French Resistance. He joked that he was assigned this position because he wasn’t good at soldiering. Whatever the case, he made a difference and lost friends in the war. He never spoke about his experiences and I respect that. My dad is long gone, but he will always be a part of me, as the soldier’s who lost their lives in service will always be a part of our country. Their valor, their pain, their lives are as much as part of our nation’s fabric as my father will always be a part of me.
Note: The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”