Honor them, and never forget
Captain Gunnels and Captain Whitlock are just two who were remembered on Memorial Day weekend, along with hundreds of veterans who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
It’s a sobering reality to walk the pathways of grave markers and realize the number of America’s veterans buried here in our county. The crisp, cool air I breathe whispers in the trees and ruffles the American flags, first one way and then the other. The new bright stars and stripes wave me on my way to find the next airman, the next seaman, the POW, the youngest Gulf War veteran, the oldest, crustiest Revolutionary War patriot.
They are more than markers. More than American flags. They are memorials.
Each one has the story to tell of freedom’s fight driven by this American way of life, chosen by them. It is a privilege to “know” these men and women. I slow my pace in order to read their names and wonder about their lives and their service, to remember them in this small way on this beautiful day.
Placing a new flag represents only a glimmer of the love I have for these who have served, for those who are serving, and will serve and the hope that resides in America. As I look back on the field of flags, it is a field of hope for America, a thanksgiving in my heart for America’s greatness, which does not depend on politics or Hollywood.
It depends on you. It depends on me.
May we choose to honor and to remember, not only one day in the year that reminds many of a picnic and a day off work than the ultimate sacrifice given by the time and talents and lives of these American heroes. What greater gift is there but that a man would lay down his life for his friends?
May we remember and give thanks for the memorials.
Brenda Davison Jessel