Memorial Day- and Honoring All Those-

May 31, 2021 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy

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As we approach Memorial Day weekend, we need to stop and honor all of the individuals who gave their lives over the centuries in defense of freedom, the homeland, and their friends and families.

From the Revolutionary War onward, men and women gave their all, gave their lives, gave up their families, farms and friends to serve our country.

As we all know- there were many different divisions of the Armed Services over the years- the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard and many other factions of our military who gave their lives and those who have given of themselves-and we need to remember and honor them.

I hope the flag flies high over homes this weekend and that we all stop to say a prayer or spend time in silent contemplation, for those who survived and those who gave all. World War I, World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and the list goes on. Some suffered and died, some lost legs, hands, arms, limbs and some continue to recover and heal from the wounds of war.

This weekend is more than just a few days off or a few hot dogs or burgers on the grill. It is a time to mourn, grieve, suffer, pray and reflect on those brave soldiers who defended our country, our values, and our families.

And we should also honor those who perhaps were not in direct conflict- but who supported the efforts nevertheless- every person who gave just a little bit to support our veterans, our soldiers, our loved ones that we have lost.

And we need to remember those who stand guard and are ready to fight- their special skills and talents and commitments and those who stand ready to protect our citizenry.

As we perhaps say the Pledge of Allegiance in our churches or in whatever cemetery that we visit, we need to remember our fallen and lift our hearts in remembrance.

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