As a young man serving in the United States Army, I was privileged with an experience that has remained in my thoughts for some thirty years now.
I served during a time before we heard the words, “Tear down this wall!” Stationed in Germany, the privilege I speak of was seeing the world on the other side of that wall. No, it wasn’t a privilege because there was something pleasant there… just the opposite.
It was an opportunity to truly understand what we mean when we say “Freedom!”
The freedom we enjoy in America is often taken for granted. Those who pay the price for our freedom are often forgotten and sometimes even disliked. I have no doubt, though, if the many could see the sight across that wall that I once looked upon we would all have a greater appreciation for our nation and the soldiers who keep it secure.
I’m writing today because Beryl visited our community. The ceremonies scheduled to honor our fallen heroes had to be cancelled. I’m honestly not qualified to do justice to the words these great men and women deserve, but felt compelled to express my admiration for them in some way.
May God bless those who stand… and may we always remember those who fell!
- Memorial Day (sfcmac.wordpress.com)
- Memorial Day 2012 (enterpriseresilienceblog.typepad.com)
- Sen. Jacobs: “But What I Do Hope is that Everyone on This Memorial Day Will Remember That We Have Those Freedoms to do as We Please in America, Because of Our Soldiers” (daggerpress.com)
- In Memory (ponderingpastor.blogspot.com)
- Memorial Day 2012: Let Us Remember… (senseoncents.com)
- For all those who stand (examiner.com)