More To Come........
We don't celebrate Memorial day here in the UK, but it is a Bank Holiday.
Where would we be without the brave people that lost their lives so that we could have freedom?
Have a wonderful day Naomi.
I suppose it is the equivalent of our Armistice Day in November. Also a very emotional time.
Hope you have had a peaceful week-end.
Thank you to all of the men and women who have served and died for our country.
War casts a dark shadow on the survivors, as well--something I learned from my Father who served under Patton (in the tanks).
Before he was drafted, he had been enrolled at Fordham University studying accounting. After the war (and two Purple Hearts), he returned to a mother who lost her husband, so he took a job as a NY cop (a job he hated) to help support his family. Many of the men who were police officers after the war, had seen active duty in Europe (the battlefields of Europe became the streets of NY). Sadly, so many of those men became alcoholics or committed suicide. I saw so much of that throughout my childhood. If my Father hadn't met my Mother, he probably would have ended up the same way.
Recently, I learned from my aunt (his younger sister) that my Dad use to wake in the middle of the night shouting blood-curdling screams--she said they lasted for months after he returned home.
Not only did he have to deal with the horrors of what he saw in Europe, he also had to deal with a life so different from what he had planned. He was the dutiful, older son who would do as his mother asked.
The man who I thought was so cold and aloof was actually such a sensitive, poetic man by nature. He would never be that person he was before he left for D-Day.
Now, I look back and I can see all of the pain that he dealt with so stoically--it was all kept inside and never talked about. Finally, the war ended for my Father when he passed in 2003.
I couldn't see or understand these things as a child--I didn't know.
Thanks for the post, dear. I'm off to visit our national cemetery where my father's buried. It's quite moving to see the thousands of flags dressing the grave and to read the gravestones. One really marvels at the sacrifice.
we should all be grateful for them.
It's a day to thank our vets both living and dead and I do. The vets in my family date back to the Revolution to the present with my brother and my daughter. Yes, I support them unequivocally!
Thank you for this post Naomi. So many have given the ultimate. Those whose young lives were taken and the loved ones left behind, who must always be aware of a hole in the fabric of their families.
God bless you for the simple and elegant words. We cannot thank our service men and women enough. The least we can do is honor the valor and commitment of those who serve.
Sign me simply-once daughter now aunt of sailors. God bless my nephew and those like him. Keep them safe from harm to return to the families who love them- and live with a bit of anxiety each day until they return.
When our servicemen come home, we should not have to told to honor them. They didn't have to go. Where would we be without such selfless valor? Someplace not so nice.
So true. Our nation would not be what it is today without those who believe in it, shortcomings and all.
What a beautiful tribute to Memorial Day, Naomi!
So moving to remember all those who gave their lives to secure the Freedom.
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