It’s hard to repay the debt of a human life. Yet today in the United States, we remember those who died for us, fighting in wars to keep our freedoms safe from those who would take them away from us.
War still rages around us, soldiers still fight today. And every month, soldiers die fighting for us. For our democracy. For our country.
I’m not sure how to repay that debt. All I can do is remember and give thanks to those who fell in battle, because without their sacrifice, I’m not sure I’d be here living in one of the world’s greatest democracies.
Memorial Day’s roots can be traced back to the Civil War, when people who honor those who fought in that bloody war by decorating the graves of the dead. After WWI, it was expanded to recognize the sacrifices given by those who fight in any war.
It’s hard to keep the reverent spirit of this day when it makes the start of “summertime” in the U.S., and is a three-day weekend. We now too often associate it with BBQ, family get togethers, and the question, “So what are you doing Memorial Day [weekend]?”
Although I’m sure I’ll also be “doing something” today, I will also take time out this morning to remember those who have given their lives so that others — including myself — can continue to live in a country where freedom is still (mostly) valued.
It’s a small price for me, as a citizen, to pay when they’ve paid so much more.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 May 2011
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Grohol, J. (2011). Remembering Those Who Died for Us, 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 9, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/05/30/remembering-those-who-died-for-us-2011/