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What Does Memorial Day Mean to Me?

20 May

 

Decoration Day or as we now know it by, Memorial Day, came into existence after the Civil War.  It was a time to honor the fallen soldiers from both the North and the South.  Since that time, the United States has participated in a number of conflicts or wars outside of our country.  We have lost both men and women serving in all branches of the military services.

My family members have serviced our country well.  I am proud of those that served and those who had to remain behind to take care of family.  When I was in my last year of high school, the time you believe that you are invincible, I flirted with the idea of joining the military.  I sometimes wonder where I would be and what I would be doing now if I had taken the plunge and joined.  I was so tempted by education, both in travels and the promised college degree.   But at the last minute, I realized that I would have to pass boot camp and that change my mind.  You see, I am not a tough gal.  I love my creature comforts and crawling around on the muddy ground on my belly or marching miles in hot combat boots just did not ring true to my image of what I wanted to do.  You can truly say I am a “weenie”.  I do not have a high tolerance for pain, so I knew that “Sargent Bull Dog” would eat me alive.  No thanks.

So I do what I can to support the troops.  Many times I have sent Christmas goodies, letters of encouragement, letters to Wounded Warriors and even financial support when able.

I consider myself to be very patriotic.  I am so proud to be an American, born and bred.  I place my hand over my heart whenever the flag passes, and I can sing the difficult national anthem song off key with everyone else.

We are truly blessed and have so much to be thankful for, because we live in a country that was founded on God and basic Christian values.  Therefore, we must always guard against those who would defeat us from within.  Praise our returning veterans and honor our fallen heroes is my plea for this 2013 Memorial Day.

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May God continue to bless the Unites States of America.

 

Augusta Wright
May 2013