Here in the United States, it is Memorial Day, and I would like to lift up the past, current and future members of the armed forces, both those who survived their service and those who died while serving.
In peacetime, military service can be demanding enough, but in times of actions and conflicts, even more so, and it’s been a long time since we’ve been in a truly peacetime mode, so my respect for those who choose to put on uniforms. Also, my heart goes out to the families who sometimes have to go months or years without those they love because of that duty.
But even beyond my own countrymen and countrywomen, I also lift up those who serve in other nations in their armies and navies and other services. Many throughout the world serve with honor and with noble intentions (or because they are required to serve) and yes, that sometimes includes those who end up in conflict with us. While there may at times be evil forces out there to fight, rarely are the soldiers on the battlefield or the sailors at sea or the pilots in the air evil. Rarely do those who wear the uniforms intend anything but to serve the nations they love, and they have families, dreams and loves.
So, let us remember those who have served and those who will, on this Memorial Day.