Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day specifically set aside as a national holiday to pay tribute to the men and women of the military who lost their lives in the service of our country. I won’t bother to ramble on about all the things it shouldn’t be and is, because I’m sure you’ve heard it all before.

I will share that yes, we did barbecue today as I’m sure many Americans did. I went to the grocery store Monday afternoon to pick up a couple of items needed for said barbecue. There was a National Guard reservist shopping there with his wife–maybe getting ready for their own barbecue. I don’t often see active military in my neighborhood, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to thank him for his service to our country. I’m not sure what I expected his response to be, but I was caught off guard by his seemingly equal measure of surprise and what seemed to be mild embarrassment to be shaking hands with a complete stranger and saying “You’re welcome” in the frozen foods section of Kroger.

Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised by his reaction.

Pride and pageantry is best left to the politicians and the media.

Honor is often such a quiet thing.

Happy Memorial Day.

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2 Responses to “Memorial Day”

  1. SimplyDarlene May 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    I love this.

    I do it too, but also with police officers. One time I just started bawling after I thanked an officer for his service. He stood patiently and asked if I was okay and I told him no because we had lost an officer in the town across two states where we used to live. He said the man’s name. I said “yes.” And he told me he was at the memorial service.

    You are right about silent honor.


  2. jake May 30, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Don’t want to be a brown-noser, but I respect you and your perspective. “Honor is often such a quiet thing.”

    I might add, GENIUNE to the mix, but I like modifiers like that because I’m cynical. Regardless, I’m also grateful for the service we all benefit from.

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