Now that we are embarking on another Memorial Day Holiday, I must say that there are some bittersweet reflections as we take a day of remembrance to pay homage to those fallen heroes who died during active military service. I want to say thank you to those who have served and to those families who may have endured a loss as their loved one gave their life so that we can live with the liberties we have today in the US.
I have been in reflection mode lately. I’ve been thinking of the fond memories of my Dad and some stories come to mind that make me smile. It’s that time of year for BBQs as Memorial Day is often seen as the unofficial start to the summer season. It’s time to break out the white outfits and partake in a flame grilled burger. My Dad would always get excited because it was the season for corn on the cob. That sweet corn roasted on the grill or even just simply boiled on the stove top and drizzled with a touch of butter. Hmmm yum! I can just taste it now. Corn on the cob was one of his favs!
While many are reminiscing of BBQs past and BBQs to come, I ask you to remember those who may be grieving a loss. There’s someone who might be missing from the dinner table or from that family BBQ this year. Whether they were a veteran who gave their life to service or a parent or family member who won’t be able to join you because they’ve transitioned, think about that friend or family member who might be missing their loved one and reach out. They may be missing someone and in need of a check in. Let’s seek to reflect on the memories or make some new memories. I wish I had taken some video footage of my Dad while he was still here. He was quite the jokester and personality. What I wouldn’t give right now to hear his voice or see him laugh again.
So on this Memorial Day, I say thank you to the veterans who sacrificed their lives to help us keep certain liberties. I also say thank you to all the caregivers who also give a daily service of sacrifice to their family members so they can also maintain certain liberties.
I salute you! May God Bless!