Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend


As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, what comes to your mind?
  • The beginning of summer
  • Graduation time
  • Barbecues
  • Picnics
  • A three day weekend
  • Honoring our troops
Memorial Day is the day to remember the many men and women in the military who died in the service of our country.

The most recent military action involves Iraq and Afghanistan.  My good friend Lorraine's son Michael is serving in the Navy and has been in Iraq several times now.

In my teenage years, Vietnam was the war that impacted my generation.  I still remember Timmy Shelton of Lindenhurst, New York who died in that war.  His parents had a sign on their front lawn for all to see and I noticed it everytime I went to my friend Robyn's house.  It was so sad. 

My brother Steve enlisted in the Navy back in 1970.  My cousin Ken was in the Army and spent much time in Vietnam.  Thankfully, both of them came home.

My parents grew up during the time of World War II.

Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to view the HBO 10 part miniseries called "The Pacific".  It was produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman.  They followed the stories of three United States Marines during WWII in the Pacific. 

It was eye opening for me as I'd only heard the names of many of the places where the Marines fought including Peleliu, Guadalcanal and Okinowa.  But The Pacific drew me in quickly as I followed the true stories of the servicemen and their families. (I wanted to add a caveat.  This mini-series contains some strong language and is graphic in parts.  I wouldn't recommend that children watch this.)

I dislike war but I realize that there are times when it may be necessary.

My heart goes out to the families who have loved ones serving in the military today.  However, I am so thankful for them too.




Take a moment to see the preview of this amazing mini-series called "The Pacific".

As you celebrate Memorial Day, would you remember those who lost their lives in service to our country?

Blessings and love,

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10 comments:

Karen said...

Amen...heroes past and present that sacrificed so much...may we always honor them with thankful remembrance....

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I also applaud those who served and are serving our country. Friends of ours lost their son two years ago in Afghanistan so it hit close to home.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes, we know boys in Iraq...you really feel it when you have sons the ages of those serving our country. Thanks for the heads up on this series, will have to check it out...we just finished studying this time period.
Blessings to all the families who are and have served our country!!!!
Janette

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweetie, Hope you are doing well and that you will have a wonderful, joy filled weekend. I too am thankful for all those, past and present, that have served our country.
Love, Noreen

Denise said...

Amen, well said.

Warren Baldwin said...

Very appropriate reminder to remember and appreciate those who sacrifice for this country!

RCUBEs said...

May God bless and protect our troops and their families. Happy Memorial Weekend.

Mariel said...

amen. thank you for a renewed sense of the right focus of this weekend! have a great weekend!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Looks awesome! We love stuff like this... especially when it gives us pause in our heart to remember where we've come from and the country we love. Is this on tv or on DVD? We'd love to get it. And yes, I will pause to remember all of those who have so valiantly fought for the cause of my freedom. What an incredible gift we've been given in our freedom!

peace~elaine

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