What We Take For Granted
Each year, my wife and I take our children to a Memorial Day service. These ceremonies take place in little towns and major cities all over this country. And, to be honest, the ceremonies are predictable – this year’s service looked a lot like last year’s service and the service in Traverse City looked a lot like the one in Springfield. Veterans speak, members of a high school choir sing, and each branch of the armed services is honored. Each year when I tell the kids that we are going, a collective groan can be heard. So, why do we do it?
Reason #1: I want my kids to know the meaning and significance of Memorial Day. It’s not just a day off from school or another reason to visit the beach. Memorial Day is a day set aside each May to pay tribute to those who gave their lives to protect our nation. My kids understand this fact and, despite their protests before-hand, they feel inspired at the end of the service.
Reason #2: It’s easy to take our lives for granted. Attending a ceremony like this reminds me how fortunate I am. I think about those soldiers serving in the desert right now. I think about the heat, the long days and the dangers. I think about their families who have not seen their soldier for many long months. I also think about those who served and never came home.
For those of you who did not attend a Memorial Day ceremony, I provide this video to help you remember and keep things in perspective.
1) Did you attend a ceremony like this on Memorial Day? If so, how did it make you feel? If no, why not?
2) What impact did this video and/or blog have on you?