Memorial Day - It's More Than You Think.After reading some comments on Sara's last posting, I felt that this needed to be said:
Memorial Day is not just any other weekend to go out and hit up the "hip" DC bars and get drunk with friends or making an "appearance" here or there. (I can do that any other weekend.)
It's not about visiting the beach or any other sunny spots. (I'm working on Monday.)
For me, Memorial Day actually serves meaning and purpose in my life. (And I hope after reading this it will for yours too!)
I usually tend to think a lot for myself, about my upcoming plans, where I am going to go, what I am going to wear, who I am going to go with, what I am going to drink. We all do this. After all - we're young, hip, fun, energized, and ready to take on the world (or just D.C. for that matter!)
But I am glad that we have this day, this weekend, to reflect on why I am allowed to experience my 22-year-old life to the fullest. I'm thankful that we live in a city that constantly recognizes our fallen soliders, but I sometimes feel that we forget how privledged we are to be able to live the way we do.
This is not a pity posting or a sympathy cry. That's the last thing that I want to come out of this. But for everyone who has great, extravegant plans this weekend, please think about why you do: Because the people who have faithfully served our coutry have made it possible.
I'm thankful that bloggers in D.C. are advertising the Heros Happy Hour tonight sponsered by Citizens Helping Heros, a great way to start your memorable weekend. If there is any way we can show support to our military and their families, this would be a fabulous start!
And that's just the beginning. PBS is sponsering the National Memorial Day concert, and the National Memorial Day parade starts even before that. Arlington Cemetary will be honoring our fallen by placing a flag on each of the graves, and there will be one grave that I will pay a special visit to - my dad's.
Please remember that living in the nation's capital people all around you have loved ones who have passed who graciously served our country on your behalf ~ and showing your love, compassion, and support this weekend to the fallen and their families means more than you will ever know!