How fitting that the first song that played for inspiration while writing this post was “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)?” Tomorrow is the day that all Americans set aside their daily routine and pause to recognize the fallen heroes of past wars. The United States is no stranger to war. She has been involved in wars dating back to 1798 during the Franco-American Naval War and the colonists even before then. American men and women have stepped up to the plate time and again to fight for their country and others so that they too can have a life free from tyranny and terror.
The wars that I tend to think of during this time are World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the most recent Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In those alone, America lost many heroes.
A lot of Americans will use tomorrow as a day to celebrate the unofficial start to summer, and I say okay. Light the grill, head for the beach, spend some quality time with friends and family. But when you are all together, please take a moment to remember those who offered themselves up so that others could live free. Attend a Memorial service, as there will be many. Thank a veteran, listen to their story if they are willing to share. Take a moment to consider what our great country would be like if it were not for our military and those who died for her.
Thank you for listening. I’m going to close with a poem that a friend shared with me. Written by her grandmother, Bessie Madden, who lost her son, Charles Madden in 1943 during WWII. He is on eternal patrol aboard the USS Pompano.
By Bessie Madden
The twilight and another day is ended, another day of memories passed through
Tonight, again I’ll dream of a dear one, and he’ll seem to come close to me; his smiling eyes of blue
will look at me and say, “Don’t worry Mom” someday, somehow I’m going to come back home to you.”
Then I’ll waken with the dawn, and my dreams will all be gone.
Another day of mem’ries lies ahead.
For that son so brave and true gave his life for me and you
and he lies among the Navy’s honored dead.