Today we formally remember all military men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
But today is not the only day when I am grateful for all who have served and will serve in our military. I daily say a word of gratitude for men and women in uniform and their families. My freedom, safety, and security is being paid for by many folks I’ll never meet, but they do not go unappreciated.
I have never put myself on the military lines-so I see my act of service is to teach every child that walks through my classroom how to say the Pledge of Alligence, how to salute the flag, and to stop walking and talking when our National Anthem plays. My part is so small, but my heart is large and I want every child I teach to know that men and women have paid for my students’ right to be in my classroom and the least we can do is show respect and gratitude.
This Memorial Day brings new emotions to our home for another reason also. Soon, we will send a young fellow, who is like a son to us, off to basic training. Seems as if this day has been coming for a long time, but now it is less than two weeks away and suddenly feels very real.
So for this Memorial Day, here is a tribute to all men and women who have given for my family and me.