Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Heart the USA!

Memorial Day is quickly approaching.  While as a teacher, I am very happy about a three-day weekend, I think we sometimes often forget the meaning of Memorial Day.  As a military spouse currently going through a deployment, I am greatly aware of what Memorial Day means.  It means...

Sacrifice, Bravery, Honor, Respect, Dignity, Unity, Reflection, Loss, Tears, Mourning, and so much more.  

I was fortunate enough to get to visit Washington D.C. about 5 years ago.  I toured the White House, which was really awesome.  I went to the Lincoln Memorial, which was extremely crowded.  I saw the Washington Monument, but did not get a chance to get an up close look.  Though these were amazing things to see, I'll never forget the day I was there,  You see, I was there on Veteran's Day.  Talk about E-MO-TION-AL.  I met vet's from all different wars, some in perfect health, some confined to wheel chairs, and families of those that were lost.  I read the name on the memorial walls and watched people trace names.  

Afterwards, I went to Arlington National Cemetery.  It gave me CHILLS!  The silence was so serene and peaceful.  I actually felt like it was a piece of heaven that had dropped down to earth.  I witnessed the wreath laying at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Tears again!  Coming from a non-military background,prior to being married, I guess I just didn't get it.  I didn't understand why people joined the military.  I didn't understand the price of war.  I didn't understand a woman or child's sacrifice, even though I thought I did.  In the past 5 years, it has become so much more clear.  

So, as I reflect on Memorial Day next Monday, I reflect as a military spouse who misses her husband, who sheds tears as my daughter cries for her daddy, who must keep calm and know that everything is in the Lord's hands.  I ask that while you have the day off, pray for our troops and families, past and present who have sacrificed so MUCH for your freedom.  

I have created an activity packet that you can use with your class for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day.  Check it out at TpT or Teachers Notebook!  May God Bless!

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