As part of Sammy's first Memorial Day, he is learning how to be thankful for all that we have. It is quite often that we get all wrapped up in our own lives and some of the silliest things drive us nutso and forget the big picture. We can get all caught up in having to pick up toys 5 times a day and wonder why they just can't stay picked up for a couple hours, or why we always seem to be out of bones, or why we can't just potty in our yard, why do we have to walk all the way around the building, and we can do this because of our country's heros that have given their life for our country. We are lucky enough to live in the midwest, and we live right by an air force base and most people around here have a family member &/or close friend (usually multiple) that have or are serving and get to be reminded of this often. Still, Memorial Day comes once a year, and I try to make a big deal of how lucky we are and try to keep the big picture in mind. So, we just want to put a big THANK YOU out to anyone who is reading this that has lost a family member or friend.
"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868
The history of Memorial Day: