Today is a day of remembrance. A day to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice, falling in the line of duty. Memorial Day is mainly about soldiers, but I would include police officers, fire personnel, first responders of all types who risked and ultimately lost their lives.
Even if you weren’t directly affected by the loss of a loved one, I’m sure you know someone who has. I would urge everyone to take a moment today and think about those who have passed, be it fighting a war (even if you don’t agree/support said war) for the causes they believed in (even if you don‘t particularly share that belief), or as a first responder to an attack, natural disaster, or other tragedy.
People are out there right now, in other states, other countries, ready to lay down their lives for people they don’t even know. People out there already have laid down their lives for people they don’t even know. It’s that strength, courage, and honor that we should acknowledge today, that we should strive to emulate, even a fraction, in ourselves every day.
Stand up for what you believe in, but don’t trample the beliefs of others. Hold onto your values, but don’t diminish the values others hold. Remain true to yourself and encourage others to do the same. And remember, in spite of whatever differences we have, we’re all human and we’re all in this together.
Until next time…