Monday, May 28, 2007

In memory of all of those close to us.

On this memorial day let's remember those who are no longer with us but meant so much to us in our lives.

Let's remember those who impressed upon us the need to do things right, to understand, to forgive, to be patient, to persevere, to love, to trust, to become.

Let's remember the love they shared.

Let's remember their so many contributions to the lives of all of those they met. Their patience, their love of life, their influences.

Let's understand them for who the were.

Let's keep them close to our hearts and find even some of that grace and goodness that they always seemed to come by so easily.

Let's remember the impacts they made during their stay on this earth and continue to learn from those lessons they taught us.

Let's try to understand even a portion of what they understood and let's share those understandings, those thoughts with others so we can all live life just a little bit easier than before.

Let's pass along to our family, friends, acquaintances... let's pass along to all we meet those attributes, that kindness, that humanity, that love of life they passed along to us.

Let's understand their roles in our lives, their influences regardless of the length of time they spent with us...

Let's remember them on this Memorial Day and thank them for all they've shared with us. All of their wisdom, their love, their knowledge...

...their patience, understanding, insight.

I remember, I'm thankful and I miss them.

I also want to thank those who gave their all to keep us safe, free and strong.

If not for them, if not for their sacrifices then who?

Thank you to all of those fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents... friends and strangers who can't be here today because they selflessly paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, our freedom.

Have a safe Memorial Day all. And take a moment to reflect on those who are no longer with us but who mean so much to us!

Take care.

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