Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Hello readers.

Today is Memorial Day, not happy sunshine BBQ day we've been let out of work day.  But it's a day to spend at least a few moments to think about those who've fallen defending their country, then spend some time with friends and family at a BBQ, enjoy company, and there had better be at least one soldier present!

There are some people won't be spending a day in their backyard enjoying a cold, fresh brew with the taste of pork and chicken.  No, they'll be spending their day at the cemetery mourning the loss of their loved ones.  Some of these people will be fortunate to have the love and support of their friends and family.  A few will have no one, having lost the only person in their life. 

Death does not care about the color of your skin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, political beliefs, or any of that.  No, death just swoops in and takes the life out of your eyes, and that's that.  But, more on that morbid topic some other time.

Soldiers have one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the world.  They lay their lives down everyday to protect the rights of their countrymen.  When deployed, every soldier has a duty and responsibility to carry out or else the chain breaks and the anvil comes smashing down hard on their lives.  From the frontline soldier to the support and logistics staff, such as the cooks, quartermaster, and mail guy or gal, everyone participates, and everyone is in danger.

I don't know how or if they celebrate a Memorial or type of Memorial Day in other countries, but a soldier is a soldier, no matter what nationality they hold.  From Russia to Brazil, Canada and Korea, a soldiers' life is to be remembered.

So as you go out and enjoy a nice day outside, spend a minimum of a minute to raise a glass for the soldiers of the past and present who gave their lives for this country.  Even when they didn't agree with the politics, the reason, or didn't want to, they still did their duty, fought for their nation, and died for it.

At least a minute to raise a glass to the fallen soldiers of the past and present.

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