Memorial Day as a reminder to live fully each day

For those who died in service in our armed forces, making the decision to put on a uniform and give back to their country was probably the defining moment of their lives. We don’t know the plans they had before or while in service. Plans to fall in love, start a family, go back to school, or to run a business. Let us remember that they chose to live each day fully. We also chose not to remember them for their shortcomings. The arguments they had, the opportunities they missed, the countless failings that are so easy to pick out in other people’s lives while we are blind and deaf to our own. Let us remember that they chose to live each day fully. We can’t know the fears and anxieties that ran their hearts and minds. Were they running towards battle or running away from private ones. Did they want to make their parents proud, or prove them wrong. Did they truly put on a uniform out of a desire to serve, or was it on a whim, or did they feel that they didn’t have much of a choice? Let us remember that they chose to live each day fully. Let’s not only remember those good souls whose lives were cut off all too quickly by merely saying thank you while we blissfully go about our days. No matter what this day, and all the ones before us until our last, have in store for us, let us look upon their great sacrifice and remember that we too have an obligation to follow their example in whatever matter brings the greatest service to humanity. And we start by choosing to live each day fully.

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