Memorial Day means different things to different people. For many, it
is the start of the summer season, an annual trip to the beach, a 3-day
weekend, or a great excuse for a barbeque. In my family, it meant more.
grew up in a military family. My father and grandfathers served.
Every couple of years we would move to a new base and start the process
of finding new friends and sometimes finding old ones from earlier
I was 8 years old when my father went to serve in
Vietnam. I was too young to understand the politics at the time, but I
remember being angry at people I saw on television saying that soldiers
in Vietnam were bad people. MY Dad wasn't. I remember being afraid
when I saw the green military sedan driving past and we would stop
playing and watch to see if it was going to someones house the green
sedan stopping meant somebody's father was dead or hurt. I remember not
knowing what to say to a friend that had lost his father and feeling
guilty because I was so happy it wasn't my Dad.
I have long
wanted to do something to honor, not only my father and all those that
have served their country in the military, but also the families that
stay behind and wait. This video, The Path of the Warrior, is a small
token of my respect and gratitude. I hope you will forward this letter,
or at least the video link, to all those you know who either serve in
the armed forces or wait behind.
What will I do this Memorial
Day? I have not been to a parade since my children were little. In
truth, I will probably be working on one of Humanity Healing's projects
and it is a good excuse for a barbecue; but at some point during the
day, I will send a prayer of protection to those currently serving and
their families, I will say a Blessing to those who did not return and a
pray of comfort to their families, and I know that the fears of my eight
year-old self will well up from the part of my soul they are hidden and
I will say a prayer of gratitude that my Dad was one of those who did
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