Oh say, can you see, that we are a nation at war? Do you hear the bombs bursting in air?
Thankfully, we don’t hear bombs, witness battles or live in fear because thousands of our brothers and sisters have chosen to protect us, at a cost that is forever our debt as a grateful nation.
Of the 4,299 men and women who have died while serving our country in the War with Iraq, let us remember that they all volunteered to leave their homes and families to protect ours. We are not in a draft – our military voluntarily sacrifice everything they know, everything they hold dear and true, just to keep us safe.
It’s hard to think about the thousands upon thousands of those who have died since we declared our independence as Americans so that our freedom would never be jeopardized or waver.
I salute and give heartfelt thanks to these fallen heros but let us not forget, as a nation at war, those who are serving today as our protectors and heroes are our sons, daughters, mothers and fathers.
It’s easy to turn a blind eye to a war that isn’t happening in our own backyard. It’s easy to forget that thousands of our own are spending every moment of every day in faraway lands fighting a war for us, for our freedom, for our protection.
It’s easy to forget the fact that thousands of us don’t have the luxury of sitting in a lawn chair, on the deck, enjoying time with family and friends this weekend.
We are a nation at war although we are shielded from its wrath by our military family who wear the battle of armor for us – carrying this burden so that we can be free.
With my boyfriends’ daughter on deployment, somewhere out in the Mediterranean Sea, serving our country in the Navy, it’s hard to imagine what life is like for her. We get occasional emails, but for most of the time, we have to just hope and pray for her safety. It’s been two years since she chose to leave her home and family, in a time of war, to defend our country. Most of us don’t even know the sacrifices that are made by our military for us to live in peace. Saying that I’m proud of her decision to join the Navy is an understatement. I’m in awe of her courage, commitment and continued enthusiasm to serve her country.
Words are strong but actions speak even louder. This Memorial Day take time out from those luxuries in life we take for granted to say thank you to our fallen troops, veterans and those who are now serving our country. On Tuesday, when the parties are over and we’ve gone back to daily lives, let us remember –  never to forget – the sacrifices that have been and are being made for our freedom.
Let freedom ring through our gratitude and thanks.