It is NOT a happy celebration. It is a day to remember the many servicemen/women who are no longer with us. For those who served, remembrance carries the sting of friends lost, lives cut short, and even - for many - a feeling of guilt that they lived, while others died (remember the ending of Private Ryan).
Do at least ONE thing this weekend to remember the Military Dead.
- Go to a parade. See the representatives of those who are no longer living. Pay your respects.
- Go to a cemetery. Spend a few minutes looking at the graves with the flags on them. Say a prayer for them.
- Visit a vet. Let them tell you about their service, if they would want to.
- Donate to a veterans' organization. Good ones can be found in this list (if you know a good organization that is not listed, send me the name, and I'll add them). On this list is the DAV (Disabled American Vets), which was particularly helpful when my son-in-law was navigating the VA system.
- Bring a treat to a VA hospital, and spend some time listening to the men/women there. Pizza or chicken wings are always appreciated.