As people fire up their grills and smokers to cook meats and have family and friends over, not only to kick off the unofficial start to summer, but to also celebrate our fallen service men and woman. To me this has always been an undervalued holiday on our calendars. The freedoms and lifestyle we enjoy in America came at a price and we should take seriously this day to honor those soldiers.
This year, this day has new meaning for me. Despite having family members who have served, I never have one die in the line of duty. I had also never had someone close to me I considered my hero to die either. So while this day of memorial for our fallen heroes has always meant a lot to me, it never truly hit home. That all changed at 8:45 am on May 14th, when my son and hero’s heart beat for the last time. His fight for survival in the 6 months he lived taught me so much about strength and courage. So for me, Memorial Day has a new meaning. Now I have a fallen hero, that I can celebrate not just on Memorial Day, but every day.
Maybe if those of us who don’t personally know of a service member who has fallen, also think about our own personal heroes who have fallen this day will be more than a day of cookouts and the unofficial summer kick off, but truly be a day of honoring all of our fallen heroes.