“Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.” This is how a website dedicated to Memorial Day begins its explanation and history of what we are celebrating and honoring today.
While I am almost always against the wars our country chooses to wage, I am always grateful to those that serve in our military. In my opinion, we will forever require a force to protect and fight for the rest of us, those who stay home, or by their very presence keep us out of war. I wish it wasn’t so, but I’m certain it is. Those we honor today are the ones who put their lives on the line for their beliefs, each other and a huge body of US citizens, and thereby lost them.
Thankfully, I have never personally lost anyone in this manner but have enormous respect and caring for those who have. Many years passed when I didn’t do anything towards honoring the many thousands of lives lost in the name of my country.
Today, I give to the Wounded Warriors Project on a regular basis because it is a wonderful organization and because I cannot think of a better way to honor those that died in the service of their country than to help care for those that didn’t die, but instead experience the after-effects of their sacrifice every day.