Memorial Day

This week on Open Book Blog Hop we’re celebrating Memorial Day.  Please join us as we each share how we celebrate and remember those who died to ensure our freedom.  

My family has strong military roots.  Both of my grandfathers served in the Army. It’s actually how my parents met.  One grandfather, Ollie Spencer, my dad’s father, was command leader to my mom’s father, Dan Craven.  The two men grew to be friends and as they married and had families, they were there for each other.  My Grandma Spencer used to have a picture of my mom and dad as babies, sleeping in a crib together. Fast forward many years, and my brother served in the Air Force, my sons Zach and Eric served in the Marines and Army, respectively. My son Eric married and his wife, Shaina, also served in the Army.  So, it is always this day that I give many thanks to our lost family members and all of those whom I have never met, but who still played a big part in my freedom.  Freedom isn’t free.  Sacrifices have been made and I will never forget that.

The tagline I used in my email is: Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.  In this age of social media and news outlets over sensationalizing everything; which bathroom we use, who wore what best, salacious divorces,  naked selfies and just selfies in general, I think we dishonor what these brave men and women have sacrificed for us.  Too many dead lay under the weight of our freedom and our rights. Lest we not forget.

So thank you to all who have served and are serving. And thank you to those of you who gave all!

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3 thoughts on “Memorial Day”

  1. Thanks for sharing. Although I am ambivalent about Memorial Day as a patriotic holiday, I am in agreement with you that we dishonor past generations with the course of our modern society.

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