Today is Monday. Today is Memorial Day. A post from a year ago:
Day 82 Memorial Day
Today is Monday. Today is Memorial Day, a US holiday that most will celebrate with a day off, barbecues, or the last day of a week’s vacation before traveling home. Still some especially the older generation will go by graves to pay respects.
It is a day when many Americans will fly their flags and other red, white and blue decorations.
Memorial Day History from VA.GOV
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
My grandfather had served in WW2 and Korea. My father was in the Navy as was one of my brothers. Another brother served in the Marines and I am an Army veteran.
In Paul’s family, his father was in the Navy and served in Korea, and two of his brothers served in the Air Force. Paul served in the Army and Air Force and our son served in the Air National Guard. While all of us received various medals for service, Matt was given the Chief’s Award for Excellence which is awarded to only one airman in a Flight.
None of us has ever had to serve in combat and I am grateful for that. I know too many people whose sons have seen combat repeatedly and I suspect you have, too. They are very damaged people physically, mentally, and emotionally.
On this day, I am mindful of all people who have died in wars. We are mindful of soldiers, and civilians; men, women and children who did not escape the falling bombs, gunfire, crumbling infrastructure.
The DeHarts are Pacifists.
I want peace. I want peace for the children who go to bed at night not hearing a barking dog or crickets, but explosions and screams, wondering if it will be the last night they know. I want peace from warmongers and war profiteers, from arms dealers and imperialism. I want peace.
I want to remember that there is nothing good about war…nothing.
I truly wish you peace on this Memorial Day.