I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
Happy Memorial Day – yesterday Tim and I had the chance to walk through the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in D.C. It was a steady stream of people walking through. What amazed me however was the great and intense quiet in the walkway, compared with the bustle of the crowds all around it.
It was awe inspiring to see the quiet respect shown to the memories of the military men and women who gave their life so we could have the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms that we so take for granted.
On this day, where so many of us mark the beginning of summer by celebrating with families and friends, take pause to remember those who aren’t here to enjoy that same opportunity, and those families who will be celebrating without someone…. just so we could.
Happy Memorial Day.