Memorial Day Wake Up Call

Remembering Soldiers and Their Families This Memorial Day

For our non-military family, Memorial Day is mostly about the pool, the grill, a day off from work, and some delicious family play time. As a newbie to a military community, I recently discovered a new respect and reason for this very special day.We all know that we benefit from the sacrifices our military makes. We all enjoy freedom like no other country because of the commitment that our soldiers and their families have. We all, honestly, take most of it for granted.

Recently, I was chatting with a fellow neighborhood mom while we waited for our kids in the school pickup line. We shared and commiserated about how difficult child rearing is when your partner is either away on business or keeping crazy hours at the office. She and I were whining when another mom I didn’t know joined the conversation. She said very plainly, “I got a call from my friend the other day telling me that several husbands from our platoon had been killed. She didn’t know who, or if it was my husband or hers. I didn’t hear anything for about a week. He’s fine though.”

Wow. When her husband leaves for work he may never return. This is her reality. This lovely mother of 3 young children, the same age as I am, could easily and simply be a widow at any moment. I was stunned. It never had occurred to me that these Military moms face this terrible and very real possibility each day. When their husbands are deployed to protect my family, my country, and my freedom they may die and leave her to single parenthood in the blink of an eye.

Never had I felt such gratitude toward each and every Soldier overseas protecting our freedoms than in that moment. Never had I had such an ache of compassion in my heart for all Military families here at home. It made me really stop and think about how fortunate we are to live in such an amazing, diverse, and spirited country as the United States of America. We are truly blessed, humbled, and eternally grateful for all of our Soldiers’ efforts and of the great sacrifices that they so willingly make every day they serve.

On this Memorial Day take some time to remember why we joyfully spend the day playing with our friends and family. Take time to salute the flag and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their life so that we may live in freedom and peace.  Have a happy and peaceful Memorial Day.

 

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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