Monday, May 28, 2007

Remember

Today is a day of remembrance. Most people think of today as a fun day off of work and it is, but it is also a day to remember those that have helped keep this country free.

Just this week I met my mother's half brother for the first time in probably about 20 years. He is in the same branch of the military as my husband. He came down to my husband's base for some training and we met up with him. It was a very interesting encounter. He had been a reservist for a great many years. After September 11th he was being called up so much that he eventually decided to become active duty military. He served in the Persian Gulf several times and he also helped out after Hurricane Katrina.

Meeting him again kind of drove home the fact that despite what we may think about the war that is happening right now, the people that are serving over there truly need our support. The military is filled with a lot of good people trying to keep the world safe for their family. They want to make an honest living doing something that will make a difference. They have to deal with crazy bosses and odd coworkers just like people in the civilian world. It just kills me when I read about people vilifying our military and the people serving in it.

Please take a moment today to remember why you have this day off of work. Please look beyond the hype in the media about what is happening over there.

I also want to wish my sister E (now officially dubbed Annie Pompom by Evan) a happy birthday. She and my sister L have come over for a visit which is why my blogging had been a bit spotty.

7 comments:

Nancy said...

Have a great Memorial Day and thank you for reminding us to honor our military personnel. I just got finished doing a Musical Monday about this very subject. Thank your husband and your uncle for me. They are heroes.

Nancy said...

Gosh! I just realized that I didn't have you on my blogroll! I just added you. So sorry about that!

Also, I use google reader to keep track of the blogs I read and every time I try to add you it says that you don't have a feed available. I can tell you how to turn that on if you like. I'm such a dinggy that if you aren't on my googlereader, I forget to go read your blog!

CG said...

I am so glad to see that there are others who realize that today is not just a day off.
Thanks for the post!

Karen said...

Ditto what you said....
but thanks also go out to military families like yourself who give up sons, daughters, spouses, dads, etc to allow them to do their job. You guys sacrifice so much too!!!

Anne/kq said...

I don't support the military action (I won't call it a war because I don't consider it a legal war) we are involved in, but I have nothing but goodwill for the troops and their families, and great respect for all those who have served in the past.

Gina said...

Thanks to everyone who has served in the armed forces!

GoofyJ said...

It is such a great time to remember as you said - thanks for the reminder. :) We put our flag out and said the pledge of allegiance and talked with the kids about family members who have fought, and died in various wars. THe one thing we didn't get a chance to do that we wanted to was to take them to the cemetary to see all the flags and visits Paul's grandparent's grave. Maybe next year. (for the flag bit, we'll visit the cemetary before then for sure).