“Your task is not to fight, or to die, but to remember those who fight and die. For in the end, if no one remembers, their sacrifices were for nothing.”
Although I do not know the author of this quote, it spoke to me, more on this weekend than any other time, probably. Monday is Memorial Day, and although most of us will spend our time at the newly opened pools, or maybe at a family picnic somewhere, we should never forget that there are many others that will not be celebrating as joyfully as us.
They say the ultimate sacrifice is giving your own life in the line of duty, but while I respect those who have given everything they had to give, in my opinion, the ultimate sacrifice is made by the relatives, the friends, and buddies of those who are killed in the line of duty. Those who now live with determined effort, not only just to live, which is hard enough alone, but living to forever honor the name and memory of the precious person that gave their all to protect them. Those who will go home alone, many times with a feeling of guilt, thinking that they’ve failed the friend who came home draped in flag, if at all. Those who deal with so much on their own, but in light of the heroism of the person they continue to so greatly admire, they will work without fail to honor those deserving and never fail to follow them into the line of duty with their prayers and support.
To every mother, father, sibling, spouse, child, and friend of a true hero, you know who you are, and I applaud you. We cannot bring back your heroes, but thanks to you we will never forget them or their sacrifice.
You are my hero, and I salute you.