REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST
With a never ending cycle of 24 hour news, it can be easy to miss key events. This never-ending inundation of propaganda is further confused by the need for every person, group, and organization to be validated in one way or another. Most often, this is achieved by giving months, weeks, and days specific designations in the United States.
As an example, in the U.S., May 2016 is Date Your Mate, Foster Care, and Older Americans Month; along with National Barbecue, Bike, Blood Pressure, Hamburger, Photograph, Recommitment, Salad, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
We also get to celebrate Nurse’s, Wildflower, Bike, Police, and Emergency Medical Services Week and just to narrow it down even further, May 30 is Water a Flower Day, Mint Julep Day, and Loomis Day. Let us not forget the 26 medical causes that have May as their month, week, or day.
With all of these special designations, we have created an environment where it is easy to gloss over the more important things to reflect on.
Above all else, today is Memorial Day, an opportunity to stop and reflect on the men and women who we have lost in service to our nation. Today is especially important to me because of my service during combat operations in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in 2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2007-2008 as a combat medic.
As a combat veteran, I saw many lose their lives. As combat medics, we fought to make sure that every Soldier made it home. We were very good at our jobs but we were not perfect. In war, there will be casualties.
All gave some, some gave all.
There are many Americans who are sometimes confused about the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Today is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not come home to their loved ones. It is always appreciated to know that our service is appreciated but, please honor us on Veterans Day.
Today I ask that you join me to honor those who answered the call from our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are forced to move on without them, without the chance to even share one last moment together. These men and women are the reason that we celebrate Memorial Day.