From a friend - 'On This Memorial Day, The Unsung Hero'
How veterans are treated in this nation is quite debatable. Many of us, I can't dare speak for all, feel as though we, the veterans, are treated like dirt. Being in the military, future unknown, isn't easy. Deploying to god knows where, for only god knows why, is hard. Not knowing if you will live to see the sun set when you get up each day is definitely not easy.
We have holidays to honor us. Most people see those holidays as any other holiday, a day to go grilling, a day off from work, a day to do nothing. Some actually see the holidays for what they are, and honor those who deserve it in their own way, but it is still honoring.
This does mean a lot to this veteran, anyhow. Again, I dare not speak for others, they are veterans they can speak for themselves.
But, a request from a veteran, for all nations.
Regardless of what day you choose to honor your veterans, those who serve and those who died serving, remember, these veterans could not do what they do if not for the support of their wives, husbands, family and friends. For as hard as it is on the veteran to serve, it is even harder on the family to wait, not knowing. To wait for the knock on the door. To wait for their loved one to come home only to find out he/she isn't coming home when it was originally planned. To wait for the loved one to come home with parts of their body missing, parts of their souls missing. It is harder on the children to not have mom or dad home on birthdays and other important days, than it is for us to miss them. We understand why we can't be there, these children often do not know why mommy or daddy can't be there.
So, while you are out doing whatever it is you do in order to show respect and appreciation for the veterans, include the families, who sacrifice just as much, if not more, than the veteran. The person or persons whose lives are just as difficult, if not more so, than the veteran.
Without the support of the wives and husbands. mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, of these men and women in service, they could not serve.