Memorial Day, is a love/hate relationship for me. I am glad to have a day to mourn and celebrate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may enjoy the long weekend with family and friends. I do however, get extremely perturbed at the fact that when Memorial Day comes to mind for most people they think of weekends on the lake or beach, getting drunk on beer in koozies, BBQ’ing, and playing/watching sports. This is all very American and I can appreciate that, but I really think the true message is lost in car dealership deals, TV mark downs, and MTV specials. I am not trying to impose a “guilt trip,” on anyone just a reminder, that all you have is because people in the past, present, and future have made the ultimate sacrifice. You do not need to agree with or support the wars, but please take a moment out of your weekend, look at your family/friends and realize there are those with an empty chair at the table and in the boat. Our time on Earth is not for long, and our lives are the ultimate sacrifice we can make. These are some of the guys I will be thinking about this weekend, as I thank them for providing me the honor to serve alongside them.
Slip Away AIRBORNE! Until we jump again!
12 Responses to A Moment of Reflection for my Fallen Brothers
Thank you for sharing this, from me and mine to you and yours, we appreciate what all of you–especially those who are no longer with us–have done.
You’re welcome man. I miss them very much.
Thank you Rhino for your service. I honor you and your fallen brothers and all who serve or have served. It is because of all of you that we are able to celebrate and live in this wonderful country.
God Bless You!
Thank you for recognizing the sacrifice.
I’m shining my jump boots tomorrow boys! I love you and miss you all!
Nice tribute Rhino and thoughts on Memorial Day. It’s easy to get caught up on the activities but we must take some time and remember those that no longer have that privelege but made that sacrifice. Nice youtube video too, that man was/is an inspiration for me.
ALL THE WAY! AIRBORNE!
Great stuff, Rhino. Thank you.
Great post Rhino. Bitter sweet indeud.
I probably read this post ten times just trying to think of the best response. All I can say is that there are many that honor and are eternally grateful for the immeasurable sacrifice you and our brothers have made and while it is distasteful that many use this holiday as an excuse to get hammered I hope that in some ways you have pride that any part of our country can enjoy some ignorance and separation from the savage realities of war.
thank you boss. Your sacrifices do not go unacknowledged here.
Thanks boss, Happy Birthday!