Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Yesterday morning, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few last minute things for our family barbeque. Just outside the door was an older veteran—probably in his seventies—handing out red poppies and asking for donations to their veterans’ group. I overheard him telling another gentleman about his time in the war and how many in his group died either on the battle field or from injuries received while in combat.

Standing slightly behind the veteran was his wife. She, too, was handing out poppies. As her husband talked she would reach over and stoke his back or gently touch his elbow. There was so much love and adoration in her eyes as she looked at him, it warmed my heart. I can’t imagine how it must feel to be a military spouse whose significant other is deployed for any length of time. To stay home, holding down the household, never knowing if your loved one is coming home.

On this Memorial Day, we remember those soldiers who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. We owe so much to not only them, but their families. So next time you thank a vet, or pray for our fallen, remember their families as well.

I send out my sincerest, heartfelt thanks and support to those of you who have loved ones currently deployed and to those who have sacrificed everything to keep us safe. God bless!

Johanna Melaragno


A. Y. Stratton said...

Thank you for the image of the veteran and the woman behind him. We can't thank them enough for what they have given us.

Rhonda Penders said...

Thanks Johanna, a very moving blog and so pertinent on Memorial Day and always.