“Freedom is never free.” These words were engrained into my five-year-old mind by my dad. Most conversations that we have now, will always turn toward talks about the state of our nation, service, and his views on how these “21st century kids” need to step up for their fellow man and country. A former soldier in the United States Army, my dad, often shares military tales with me and answers my many questions, most of which begin with the word why. I grew up with a great respect for our military and the sacrifices that all branches of our armed forces make and the sacrifices of their family members. I had many in my family to serve our great country in various military branches. My love and respect for each of them led me to read more about the wars of our nation, and led me to one of my greatest life lessons, outside of a formal school setting. Learning about the cost of our freedom and the meaning of Memorial Day is a lesson I look forward to sharing with our grandkids as they grow.
|Photo taken on May 11, 2017 as students of W. E. Striplin Elementary School |
visit the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall on tour in Gadsden, Alabama.
While many celebrate the Memorial Holiday weekend with family, friends, cookouts, a weekend getaway or fireworks, please take the time to remember the lives were lost so that we are able to make such choices. Please remember the following about Decoration Day now known as Memorial Day:
· Do not thank a current or former soldier for their service.
· It is not a celebration of those who currently serve.
· Do not say Happy Memorial Day. The day is void of happiness for so many families and troops who lost loved ones in battle.
· Do pause and reflect with your family and friends to remember those who gave up their life for our country and for us.
· Do proudly display the American flag.
Here is a Memorial Day Video