Friday, May 22, 2009

Free-for-all Friday: Memorial Day

I'll admit that I've known Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday and I've been happy to observe it...largely because it symbolizes a long weekend and the beginning of summer (and pool season!).

Shame on me.

I saw these pictures and the stark reality hit that Memorial Day is SOOOOOO much more...possibly for you.
Some of you have spouses serving our country so we can have the privilege of freedom. Others of you may have even lost your spouses as they served our country in the name of freedom. This weekend, as our country honors your spouses and those that have served, we want to take a minute to honor YOU! I can't imagine...

...saying goodbye to your spouse indefinitely.
...cheerfully holding down the fort alone in their absence.
...celebrating your children's milestones without them.
...hearing all of the political negativity about our soldiers being overseas knowing THAT's what your spouse is wholeheartedly doing.
...being strong for your children when you aren't feeling so strong.
...holidays apart from them.
...the emotional roller coaster.
...not having them there to relieve you when you need a break.
...keeping from being consumed with fear and worry for their safety and well being.
...rounding up your household alone to go to church alone.
...the transition of being the leader of your home in their absence and returning to the submissive, supportive helpmate upon their return.
....being sensitive and attuned to the emotional and physical consequences of what they have encountered during their service.
....the list could go on and on.

You may say, "I'm used to it. I know nothing different." But I say you are also sacrificing for our country and we honor you. God bless you.

Ladies of Roof with a View, please join me in praying for your fellow women in these roles.

If you need some creative ideas to make Memorial Day a special celebration for you family, check out these resources:

Memorial Day Activities for Families
Don't let Memorial Day just be another day on the calendar at your house. Teach your family the true meaning of the day with these patriotic activities for families.

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day : Fun Things for Families to do Together this Holiday

Feel free to share any special Memorial Day traditions you may have in your own family. Happy Memorial Day!


Jesikarena said...

What a great post! And so true! God bless our servicemen and there families!

Aundrea-aka Zerbert Baby said...

Thanks for this one. I sometimes forget what other families sacrifice in order for my family to be free. God Bless them.

katy said...

Thank you for a great reminder of what our service men and women do for us. God bless them and their families.

Erin Hill said...

Thank you so much for reminding us how important it is to thank those who are brave enough to be put in harms way for our benefit. The pictures were heartbreaking.

I will share your post with others on my blog at


kasandria said...

Enjoyed reading your blog!