Saying thank you is more thangood manners. It is good spirituality. ~ Alfred Painter
Memorial Day Is…
For many people Memorial Day is the holiday that officially opens summer. They will observe this day with picnics, camping, barbecues, long weekend plans, activities and family gatherings.
To many others, Memorial Day is when they make their yearly trip to the cemetery to decorate graves of and memorialize their loved ones. They will place flowers and other memorabilia on the markers of their loved ones.
And to others, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and honoring those men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day as the result of Americans wanting to commemorate soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Civil War in 1866. By the end of that century it was named Memorial Day. It became a federal holiday in 1971 shifting it to the 4th Monday in May to create the 3 day weekend for workers.
My personal connection to this national holiday is not that my father lost his life in WWII but that I celebrate his decision to join the Navy, his dedication while serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise, the memories of the massive loss and destruction he carried the rest of his life and my honoring him for that sacrifice.
I, along with those of us who have not served in the military, will never understand nor fathom the sacrifice the men and women of the military faced and experienced.
My Father wore his CV-6 U.S.S. Enterprise baseball cap often before he died at 90 years in 2013. Many times strangers would come up to him and either say thank you or shake his hand or both. I could tell it soothed his heart to hear these words even after so many decades of lingering memories.
A simple thank you is the best statement a person can say to a veteran. You do not have to understand their experience, sacrifice, decision or dedication. Expressing your gratitude demonstrates your humility and appreciation and acknowledges their sacrifice.
And, you can still thank those who died in service to their country. They’ll hear you…
Many towns hold tributes, memorials and ceremonies in observance of their fallen soldiers. If you are not able to attend planned celebrations you can still participate in the national
moment of remembrance that takes place at 3 pm in your local time zone.
Regardless of how or whether you celebrate this Memorial Day, relax, breathe, count your blessings and say thank you.
With Gratitude, Chris
Chris Mulligan is the author of Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond which describes in detail the mother/son relationship that continues after death through documented signs and conversations. For more information visit http://Afterlifebooks.com where you can sign up for her Living Differently newsletter and visit her blog at http://www.afterlifebooks.blogspot.com. She writes about death, grief, loss and living. Her aim is to inspire, awaken, and motivate the bereaved to choose life after the death of a loved one