Most of us know people who have served in the military in the past, present or future. Memorial Day is a US holiday on which we remember those who have died while serving the US in the military. Many other nations have similar holidays. Although most of us have never directly experienced a war, there are wars occurring every day, every year somewhere on our planet. Sometimes I wonder, “Haven’t we evolved enough to not have wars?” No. Evolution, modernization and progression are not guarantees of peace. There are a wide variety of societies, governments, extremists, ideologies and cultures in this world. As such, there will always be differences, some of which are fought about and against.
Today, think about those who have served your country. Many have lost their lives. Many others, although living, are mentally and/or physically scarred forever. Thousands of families a year are irreparably changed with the loss or injury of a parent, spouse, child or sibling. My thoughts today in particular are with a friend of ours, who lost his only son two years ago in Afghanistan.
Thank you, veterans, past, present and future! We owe you more than we can ever repay.