Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Remembering Our Fallen Service Members

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I wrote last week about Memorial Day but this week, as I did last year, I want to remember in a very special way, all those who serve and have served our country as part of our armed forces. Particularly this weekend, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in battles throughout the world – protecting our freedoms and our national interests. I’m sure that you have had the experience of spending time with a family member or friend who has lost a loved one in combat. The sadness continues and it really never goes away.

I can remember losing a number of friends during the Vietnam war. I had a high draft number so I
was not called to serve but some of my buddies from high school and college went to Vietnam and never came back. When you know someone personally, attended classes with them, and admired their courage, it is very difficult to let them go. I try to visit the Vietnam memorial at least once a year - usually when friends are in town who have not experienced that beautiful but somber place. Each time I go, the memories of my friends Art, Jimmy and Tom come back to me. I’m still sad for them and their families 50 years later.

So, over the weekend and certainly on Monday, say a prayer for our fallen service members and their families including those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq who still deal with the after effects of those wars. So many of our clients are veterans who have been deeply affected by the experience of war. I’ll be praying for them as well.

Enjoy your three day weekend. Summer unofficially begins tomorrow!