a month and a butt

In all this unnecessary craziness.

There was a spouse or a mother that helped her Marine pack.

She helped get their gear together.

With tear filled eyes, she helped fold everything to fit.

She read off the gear list as they double checked everything.

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setting the table

Memorial Day.

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Memorial Day is often considered the unofficial beginning of summer. Parades take place, the grill is dusted off for the first time.

But actually, it is much more than that.

Memorial Day is in remembrance of soldiers who fell in combat risking their lives for their country.

It is about gratitude.

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remembrance

On Monday we honor the fallen.

But today, let’s not forget those who have been left to pick up the pieces.

(Let us) be better at remembering their sacrifice too.

Because there’s not enough “I’m so, so sorry,” that can be given.

But we can always listen.

To their loss.

To their fear.

To their joy.

To their pain.

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