Reaching out as Memorial Day 2013 approaches and taking a moment to invite you to spend some time this weekend remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I love these words in the song by Lee Greenwood, as he reflects on this very idea of remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
“And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. “— Lee Greenwood
Perhaps for you, it is a loved one, or family member you remember, or just remembering those who have paid the price for our freedom. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of their time in the military, or you have lost someone who served at one time, you may experience grief as you remember. Dr. Gerald May has something to say about grief that is worth repeating here: “Grief is neither a problem to be solved or a problem to overcome. It is a sacred expression of love….a sacred sorrow.” Let your time to remember also be sacred, and do what you can to honor their memory.
I will never forget. I will remember.
Happy Memorial Day!