Freedom is Not Free
When I graduated from high school, I have the privilege to take an extremely memorable trip to Hawaii. While I was there we visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial for the USS Arizona. During our time at the memorial, there were vets giving their first hand account of the events they experienced.
The older I get the more I wished I took a better interest into what they were saying. These men lived through this terrible attack and witness the death of many, even the death of their friends/brothers in arm.
You don’t have to travel to Hawaii in order to pay homage or just simply remember the price that so many have paid for our freedom. In my hometown there are a hand full of places to visit. I encourage you to take the time and visit these places. Is there a family member still alive that is willing to share their war-time stories? Ask them about them, learn more about the price that has been paid. Then remember and pass their stories down from generation to generation. I come from a long line of military personal, who have fought in many wars. I missed the opportunity to learn their stories while they were alive. They are Heroes in my eyes. They were willing to put their life on the line for their fellow country men and women. Even though they survived they wars they fought in, now they rest in peace. Silent forever.
Last year, I restarted a tradition to share Memorial day with my son. The missing soldier table setting.
Missing Soldier Table Setting – The white place mat is to symbolize the solider purity of motive in serving their country, a rose to reminds us of the lives of each missing or deceased service member and their loved ones who faithfully keep their memory alive, a pinch of salt symbolizes the tears by their families who seek answers, an inverted glass symbolizes their inability to share in the evening toast, a chair tilted towards the table symbolizes the loss of them not at home, the burning candle represent hope.
There are a few other ways to make your display but in the end it’s all about remember the sacrifice that is given for the freedoms we enjoy.
Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!!! Remember Freedom isn’t Free, a price has been paid.
In His Love, Crisi