This weekend has been extra special for me, because my husband (who most of you probably know was a Marine up until a few months ago) decided to forgo a training weekend in California to spend time with Jack and me. It seems particularly poignant that it's Memorial Day weekend. John and I were very lucky that he served for ten years and stayed safe (ejection not withstanding), but I am so grateful to those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. I found the following quote particularly poignant and moving.
heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are
at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they
rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the
tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the
shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in
the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they
are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they
found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living
and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. ~Robert G.
I hope all of our military friends have a wonderful, well-deserved weekend with their families.