Memorial Day is generally recognized in the U.S. as the moment when the summer begins. Families go to parks, the beach, the river, to barbeque and enjoy the nice weather. I started grilling on Friday night and have not stopped.
Of course the real reason for the holiday is recognizing the sacrifices of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, traditionally those who have given their lives. But we should also honor and remember those who have been physically and psychically maimed, who have lost eyes, lost limbs, lost memories. In Iraq today, more and more soldiers are surviving violent incidences that would have left them dead in previous wars. When they come home they need intensive physical and mental therapy and this often falls on their families.
Here are some of their stories.
How Family & Faith Are Healing Veterans Home From War
Remember their sacrifices…
And don’t forget our Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIA).