As Americans, we view our flag as a symbol of struggle and triumph – pride and generosity. For military families it also symbolizes dedication and sacrifice.
Honor guard rifles fired three times in salute. The loud pops resonated in the quiet valley. The flag that had been draped over the casket was carefully folded, and words of appreciation were spoken for the 27 years my father served his country in the United States Army. The folded flag was then placed in my mother’s arms. A fitting tribute for one who’d served his country so well, for so long.
This flag was received in his honor only after he had lived a long, productive, and happy life. A veteran of the Vietnam war, thankfully, he returned home safely. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands have not returned safely from the various wars in our history. Families have received, and are still receiving flags for loved ones whose lives have been cut short in armed conflict.
We are a strong nation and much of the credit for that goes to the men and women who serve in uniform. Our best and brightest are making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom every day. Never mind the politics that sent them to war, they neither control nor set policy. They are sent to serve and protect, and they go faithfully.
We Americans love our flag. Lets honor those who fight to protect it and all it stands for. I look forward to the day when combat casualties no longer occur and families no longer have cause to receive flags in this manner. Let’s remember our heros and their families and the sacrifices they all make. Let’s keep them in our prayers and help them as best we can.
Happy Memorial Day and Thank You
to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.