But what would any of us say if we had the opportunity to offer words of remembrance on Memorial Day? What would you choose to focus on – and why? Would your words be long, or brief? Here are some that come to me on this the day after Memorial Day.
May we always remember and give thanks to the men and women who served this country
May we never forget those who lost their lives and call out their names so they may be remembered
May we support those whose son or daughter, brother or sister, did not come home—and always extend them our hand
May we thank and give comfort to those who do return – and make good on our promise to provide them with the resources and love to heal their bodies and minds and souls
May our leaders be clear-headed and humble in their decisions to send our men and women into harm’s way – and not lose themselves in their own bravado and rhetoric
May we help those coming home from war find food, shelter, a job – so that they know there can be true hope about life beyond war
May we live by our word to those who serve our nation and fulfill our obligations to them as they have to us
These are thoughts that came to me this morning. I’ve not toiled over them, nor worked them over. Instead, they simply come from my heart. They are, in reality, an invitation to you to offer your own words. Like mine, they don’t have to be well crafted or carefully chosen. Just speak about what about you know and feel.
Of course, words alone are not enough on Memorial Day, or any day when it comes to those who have served our country. But without words we cannot know what we hold valuable and what we hold in common. After all, Memorial Day is about our common bonds to one another.
Please join me. Add your own words in the comments below.