The Attributes We Honor This Memorial Day; And Why We Will Remember
In the rolling green hills of Arlington, Virginia sprawls the Arlington National Cemetery, a living monument to those who lost their lives in the service of the United States of America. Meticulously planned and scrupulously maintained, it is the final resting place for more than 300,000 souls who made the ultimate sacrifice.
We have all seen the photographs of Arlington, with carefully placed white marble headstones that form a straight line no matter where you stand when you view them. The symmetry, the verdant green countryside, the eerie peace that surrounds the place can lull you into a calmly serene peace of mind.
Then you remember that every carefully placed headstone, every carefully manicured row, represents the death of someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband, wife, niece, nephew, friend.
And the enormities of the human toll exacted by war rush over you like a wave.
Every year at this time, families remember those they have lost in the service of the country. And after the parades and the tributes, perhaps the most important thing is that we do remember – remember the courage, remember the commitment, remember the sacrifice of the soldiers and of those who loved and miss them forever after.
So on this Memorial Day, we at Crucians In Focus join in paying tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the privileges of freedom we enjoy each day. In the midst of the challenges we face in our everyday lives, especially in the charged environment the Territory now faces, it is critical to remember that even our ability to protest is an outcome of those we honor on this day.
To their families, friends and loved ones, take some small comfort that their contribution cannot be adequately measured, their loss cannot be adequately understood by those who have not experienced it and that your courage as survivors humbles us all.
Perhaps that acknowledgement will help you find the “Happy” in this Memorial Day.