This might be your first Memorial Day alone. Without a picnic. Worse, without your husband. And the world spins on like a merry-go-round, mechanical and unfeeling, caring more about the weather and the price of gas.
But there will be pockets of people who "get it." And their ceremonies and memorials on today are meant to tell you that an entire nation respects life and death in one way or another. It's just that big. You are not alone.
So go to these services. And when you hear a soldier playing "Taps" on his trumpet remember the last line, "God is nigh." Say a prayer to thank God for His presence and the freedom we have to acknowledge it. And then thank a soldier or veteran you'll see--thank him not only for his own efforts, but because he's a representative of the ones that you can't see who are in Arlington and countless other graves all over the world.
Thank their wives and widows, too.
Blessings on you and prayers for the world,
|National Cemetery, Florence, SC, 9:00 a.m.|
|National Cemetery, Florence, SC, 11:00 a.m.|
Last year over 100 people, myself included, placed flags
on thousands of soldiers' and veterans' graves. I hope
to be there today, too.