A salute to the real heroes this weekend.
It is the start of the Memorial Day weekend, and this year it holds a slightly different meaning to me due to this little blog project I’ve got going on. In the past it’s just been a wonderful and relaxing long holiday weekend that meant the start of summer was upon us. Even though all those things are still true this year I have a new appreciation for those who gave their life for our country. Even though I haven’t had anyone close to me lose their life in order to protect mine, or the rest of us for that matter, but I’m so thankful for those who have. War seems like a game to me. A make-believe game that little boys just play out in the front yard, and for hours on their PlayStation’s, XBox’s, and Wii’s. It makes me think that one measly little day sure doesn’t seem like enough for the people who gave up the rest of theirs for their country.
I’ve written about veterans and soldiers a couple of different times during our 26 weeks together, but today’s post is to remember those who aren’t with us today and the grieving families they left behind. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund began back in 2000 and has provided over $120 million to support families of military personnel lost in service to our nation. IFHF doesn’t try to put a price on someone’s life, but they instead work hard to “pay tribute to and support those who have sacrificed for our nation”. Giving your life to your country may be the ultimate sacrifice, but family members of those in the military sacrifice a piece of their future everyday by living without them. This weekend is about the fallen heroes and the family members who were left to pick up the pieces to make a new life. What really breaks my heart is to think about little boys and girls who will grow up without their mommy and daddy, because they died in combat. Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) has worked for over 25 years to help children who are challenged by family military service, poverty, domestic abuse, homelessness, and illness. K.I.D.S. works with major manufacturers, retailers, and companies that make children and youth’s products and thousands of leading local agencies to donate books, toys, clothes, and other products to those who need it most. It’s not rocket science, but the hope that it brings to children and their families is as life changing as launching a new space shuttle.
Simple yet genius.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Donation
K.I.D.S. Product Donation & K.I.D.S. Monetary Donation
So here’s to a Memorial Day to remember! Eat all the hot-dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and coleslaw that your stomach will hold, and be sure to wash it down with a cold beverage of your choice. Have fun, relax, get some sun, and splash around in some water. Take just a moment of your holiday weekend to really remember the people who can’t be here to celebrate. Those who believed in the red, white, and blue, gave this beautiful weekend to you.