Friday, May 27, 2016

Remember Forever Loved


There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,' my mother explained shortly before she left me. 'If you can remember me, I will be with you always.” ― Isabel Allende

re·mem·ber
verb
have in or be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past).

Most people will associate this weekend, referred to as Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., as the start of our summer vacation season. The school year is completed and all we want to look forward to is a vacation, time at the beach or traveling to places only read about in brochures.

The highways will be filled with cars, the airports lined with people and every imaginable fun time reservation will have already been taken. Our time spent will fill us with memories of the time spent together and enjoyed. All of this will remind us of our love of each other and of life.

This weekend is also something more.

Memorial Day weekend is also a time to remember those who died in the service of our country. Those who have gone out in front to protect the very things we take for granted during our holiday summer vacations. An ultimate sacrifice that we honor by remembering each of them.

U.S. flags will line the streets as parades pass by with patriotic music. The cemeteries will be adorned with flags honoring the monuments to men and women who served and died. Tears will be shed by those who lost loved ones and tears will be shed by those service personnel who made it home.

In honor we take our moment to remember.

As you grill your hot dogs, hamburgers and other fine foods. As you drink a cold beer or sip a refreshing drink. And as you hold your loved ones during the day. Remember those who made all of this possible.

Remember those who watch over us and are forever loved.

Stay inspired my friends.

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