Today is Memorial Day.
Ostensibly, it is a day to honor those who died while serving our country in the military. I think it needs to be much more than that.
Yes, we need to remember and thank those who died in service to our country. We also need to thank those who served and did not die. Very few return from war the way they left. For many, the scars run deep.
We need to remember and thank those who sent family to serve in the military. The loneliness, the uncertainty, the fear. For many, the scars run deep.
We need to remember and thank those who support our military. The medical professionals, the journalists, the counselors. For many, the scars run deep.
We need to remember and thank those in our country who value the freedoms our military fights for. Those who argue and persuade and celebrate the diversity and differences of opinion that make us a great country. Those who work to help heal the scars of divisiveness and horror. Those who work to bring us closer to the world that We, The People, know can be created.
In remembering, we look forward. In honoring the past, we make room for the future.
Let us never forget so that we will never repeat.