“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” Nick Lampson
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise the dead. Francis Amasa Walker
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. George S. Patton
Motivation Mondays: In Honor of Memorial Day – Today, we honor the brave men and women who served this great country and paid the ultimate price by giving their lives so we can live free. We honor and remember those who returned as survivors, witnesses, patriots, scarred. We honor all our servicemen/women around the world. Originally called Decoration Day, this special holiday began in response to the great loss of life during the American Civil War which, at its conclusion in 1865, had claimed the lives of over 620,000 men. In the early days, women would place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. By 1868, Major General John A. Logan designated it as an official day of remembrance. In 1971, it became a federal holiday. In case you don’t know this, Memorial Day honors American servicemen/women who lost their lives at war while Veterans Day honors all who served; alive and otherwise.
Do you know someone who served and lost their life for this great country? Name a loved one you’d like to remember. Did you/yours serve anywhere in the world? Share a story so we can honor them all. May peace reign. I love Eric Burdon’s quote because it is a reminder that our servicemen/women came from a wide range of backgrounds and represented a microcosm of the world we inhabit. They had aspirations like all of us and their lives were cut short before they could realize all of their dreams an personal goals. Those who bore witness to the losses returned home with a shared burden of loss. Some returned with fragmented lives, others returned with a fervor in their hearts, determined to make changes for the better. “On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.”
READ: Memorial Day: Remembrance and Reflections
Memorial Day: Honor, Salute & Celebrate…
“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.”John M. McHugh
On Memorial Day, we will pause to honor and remember all the brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice – they gave up their lives so the rest of us can enjoy all the freedoms and advantages that come with living under a system that upholds the democratic process. Each casualty of war or MIA leaves behind loved ones, family members, and memories of what could have been… Their loved ones hold on to the hope that their death was pain-free, not in vain or that the MIA status will one day change. It rarely does. Each Memorial Day becomes a harbinger of reminders of loved ones lost to wars. Of interest, the Tomb of the Unknown soldier now remains empty as recent DNA testing was able to resolve the mystery of bones buried there. They belonged to an air force pilot by name of Lt Michael Joseph Blassie. He has since been reburied in his hometown.
How do we ever forget? We don’t. How do we forget the pain and suffering inflicted on both the victor and the vanquished? We don’t. Even as a side claims victory and the spoils of war, the loss of life and the deepening resentments that come from warring creates, on the losing side, animosity and a spirit of revenge. Where will it end? Look around you, we live in a fractious world with unequal access to resources and opportunities. The downtrodden look for answers. The resentments grow. War becomes the devastating solution, and its scars are indelible. Raise your hands in salute to our heroes, raise your hands also in a gesture of peace… We need peaceful coexistence in this world but it must begin in our homes and in our hearts.
READ: Memorial Day: Honor, Salute & Celebrate…
Motivation Mondays: Memorial Day
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The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. Benjamin Disraeli
What does Memorial Day mean to You? if you are not familiar with this very important day then, I encourage you to stop and consider what it means to pay the ultimate sacrifice for your beloved country. As previously stated in this post, I can’t say it enough because I have tremendous pride and respect for our service men/women, this is a special day celebrated annually on the last Monday of May and dedicated to the memory of fallen American men and women who died in all wars and armed conflicts. Initially, it was created to honor northern soldiers who died in the Civil War, but over time, it became a way to remember those who died in World War I & II, and then all wars.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in the USA. Since then, every last Monday of the month of May is a day we honor those who died in all armed conflicts. It is also seen, in some circles, as the unofficial start of the summer season. How is this a subject for motivation? First of all, we can motivate ourselves and those around us to seek peaceful solutions to problems; We can educate ourselves on the effects of war, the value of peaceful coexistence, and we can build bridges of peace across the world.
Back in the old days, when WW I & II were part of the experience of our grandparents, many who went to war were not expected to return because the journey was brutal, the battles close up and fierce, and the weapons of war not as sophisticated as they are today. My Dad was a lowly Sergeant in the Burma war and, while he cherished his memories of survival and his sepia photos from that period, he was a strong advocate for peace and compromise. As I honor and celebrate the lives of our servicemen/women lost at war-zones around the world today, I would like to implore each of you and all the world leaders out there to make peace a key objective, to remember those who died with great reverence, and to treat our veterans with the utmost love, honor and respect; it is the least we can do. Hope your Memorial Day is filled with peace and love!
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