Do you remember where you were seventeen years ago today? I remember my Mom telling me that everyone knew where they were when JFK was shot. Now I believe our generational history continues with “Where were you on 9/11?”
Because it seems to me, most of the people of a certain age know full well where they were when they heard about the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. In our area especially, we know of families who lost loved ones, who endured unspeakable tragedy and who witnessed the atrocities associated with that day. They are ever emblazoned on many hearts, minds and souls.
There is also another side to the tragedy when we try to look at the light of compassion, of helpfulness, of unity that occurred through that experience. Strangers helping strangers. People going beyond their limits to save someone else. All of the unmistakable soulful connections that came from the irrevocable losses that occurred from the tragedy.
Remembering those whom we lost as the bells toll in NYC today, the names read of those souls who were unable to return home to their loved ones that day. The unfurling of our flag at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, VA. The tears that many of us still shed on this day, even so many years later.
There’s a heaviness in the air today as the skies weep rain. Those whom we lost are never forgotten. Those heroes who gave their lives to help others. Their angelic light continues to remain in the memories of our hearts.
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe
On this Memorial Day 2012, I am reminded of all who have served our beautiful country, the Unites States of America…allowing us to LIVE in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Members of my family have served our country and I am proud to say that for I feel it is our duty to all participate in supporting our military in whatever way we choose ~ be it by serving in the forces, by volunteering to help, by commerce ~ even by prayer.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many military personnel in my life and hearing their stories. What always brings tears to my eyes is the fact that they have faced fear and had the courage that many times we shy away from in our own lives. I’ve heard it said many times, that they would repeat what they had done because of their amazing conviction, devotion and urge to protect our country and its inhabitants.
Just for a moment today I’d like to ask that you give a thankful thought to all of those who serve our beautiful country ~ be grateful for all that you have today ~ that as you go about your journey to your party, to the beach, to a friend’s house, to a picnic or perhaps to work ~ that you do it safely because of those who serve are watching out for you and me.