It's not a holiday.
It is the root of all of our holidays.
Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween; the gift of freedom we have been given to celebrate all of these festive days was bought for us by our veterans.
And it was not a cheap gift. The price of our privileges and freedoms came at a great cost to those who fought the wars. Some paid with their lives. Others paid with scars of body and mind that could never be fully healed.
That cost is a good thing to remember. It is a powerful tool of evaluating the importance of our own day-to-day battles. Perhaps, as we look to cope with the concerns of our lives today, we can find some wisdom by asking ourselves what a veteran would think of any given situation we are struggling with. Maybe we can just close our eyes and pretend we are speaking to a veteran as we debate the trial and tribulations of life in this century.
What would a veteran say?
How would you explain your 2020 issues to a soldier; one who spent countless days in trenches where he saw endless numbers of his peers literally blown apart by gunfire...or where he experienced the unspeakable emotions involved with watching his own bullets end the life of someone else's brother, or husband, or son?
How would you look into those shattered eyes and explain the horrors of having to wear a mask to visit your favourite restaurant, or the dreadful loneliness of having to work from your nice warm home, with your satellite television and your fully-stocked fridge?
What would that soldier say when you told him the limb he left on the battlefield earned you the freedom to whine on social media about how you could only invite ten people to your dinner party?
No, it is definitely not a holiday. It is a day to remember. Perhaps a day that needs to be remembered more often.
God bless those who gave and those who continue to give. May our prayer today be that our minds always remain open to your memories, our hearts often remain open because of your love....and our mouths sometimes remain shut because of your sacrifice.
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