"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." – General George S. Patton
"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom." - Author Unknown
I lost my father on Memorial Day when I was young. He was the hardest working person I ever knew, lifting himself out of poverty and overcoming both his genetics and his environment to provide better opportunities for his children. As a combat veteran, I learned the pain of losing fellow warriors. Being a Christian also means I appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made for humanity. And as easy as it is in today’s world to get caught up in the grief of such loss, it does no one any good; Not those who are gone, and certainly not those of us left behind to carry on. Life is about moving forward. Good examples are a friend sending me pictures of his family and friends doing the ‘Murph’ Challenge, another sending me encouragement via the Bible App, others giving appreciation texts for my service, my lovely cousin reaching out to tell me she loved me and was thinking of me and an old Army buddy (thanks, Ragnar) sending me his annual ‘for the fallen’ dedication.
Being that Memorial Day has multiple reasons for remembrance for me, I celebrated my father, fallen American soldiers and my savior the best way I know how: by working and serving others. My employer was kind enough to let me focus on something positive and productive today and I was also able to put in a small garden for my daughter, who my father never knew, but would have been so proud of.