Don't forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.
It's not about having a day off, or BBQs, or sales at stores.
It is about remembering the men and women who have given their lives to ensure your freedom, so keep them in your minds and hearts.
Remember those near you who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
My very good friend:
LCpl Nicholas Anderson
2/03/85 - 11/12/2004
Semper Fi buddy...
Taken from Ka-Bar on CAOC:
"as usual i will watch war movies.
i have a film called...IWO JIMA 36 days of hell.
the price that the corps paid on those islands like saipan, tarawa, and bloody IWO was steep. 28,000 men dead or injured on Iwo alone.
when i watch the show, i try not to pay attention to the explosions and carnage, instead, i live free and breath clean air, drink clean water, am well fed and educated and have had a great live, all because so few gave their last measure of full devotion to the contry they loved. the United States of America. i watch the vets tell thier stories, i read the expressions of pain and loss, and some filled with guilt for comming home and their friends did not.
i look at the age of these individuals, not just the physical age, but the weary grinding of time upon thier memories. the fact that many have stories that go untold, that deserve....no DEMAND that we acknowledge the fact that they died for us. they are not messiahs, or saviors, just average human beings protecting that which they live with life, limb and sacred duty.
we are losing people from the "greatest generation" on a daily basis. when was the last time you walked up to a complete elderly stranger and said thank you? chances are she was a nurse, or he was a airman, or in the reg. army. sit with them and ask them to speak with you. it is important to your HUMANITY AS A INDIVIDUAL. are you a taker or do you give back, ever?"
Truer words were never spoken.
Take a moment out of your life today to think of those who took an eternal moment to protect yours.