In remembering these very special "heroes," I am very much aware that all of them were someone's child, husband, wife, sister, brother, uncle, friend, etc., and that in remembering and honoring them this weekend, grief and love will be very much a part of remembering.
I immediately think of the moms (and dads) who had to send their son/daughter into battle never to see them again this side of Heaven. I thank God for the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to our Country, and I also thank God for those who love and lost them, and who live with their loss everyday - not just on Memorial Day.
One of my close friend's son was in the Desert Storm war and I remember how she suffered, while he was away.
She was worried sick most of the time, watching news around the clock, waiting for any word concerning the war, but she was also intent about holding onto the hope that her son would come home safe and sound. She was so brave, but anyone who knew her also knew the depths of her love for her youngest son, and the depths of her fear and sufferings, during those difficult months.
Thankfully, her son came home alive and well, but as we know only too well there are hundreds and thousands of moms around the world who lost their precious child.
Today, I am especially mindful and thankful for not only the men and women who have laid down their lives for freedom and liberty, but also all the moms who have lost their child (or children) are unsung heroes, too; their courage and sacrifice goes beyond anything that I can imagine, and I pray that God's love, comfort, hope and strength will cover them, as they honor and remember their fallen hero . . . their child.
With Blessings and Gratitude for these great sacrifices,
Angie "a mom like you"