Happy Memorial Day!

Flag over the USS Arizona

Flag over the USS Arizona

Today is both a celebration and a somber reminder for us. Thanks seems so small when I think of the sacrifice of the members of our armed services and their families. But I am thinking about them and how much our military does for us. If you are a veteran, an active member of the military or a family member, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and admire your courage, spirit and devotion to our country.

This is a shot I snapped during our recent visit to Hawaii and the USS Arizona Memorial. It is a place of solemn grief and pride. There are many such places–Arlington, the Vietnam Memorial in DC (our very own Wailing Wall. If you’re planning to visit it, expect to be moved, shaken and touched in the deepest places of your soul) and in cemeteries throughout the country where families have laid their precious loved ones to rest.

I honor you today. And send my deepest thanks.

4 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day!

  1. Aloha, Mia! That is an excellent picture! The USS Arizona Memorial is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Yesterday my children (with the Scouts) placed flags and leis on the graves at Punchbowl Cemetery. Today hubby is singing with his chorus at Punchbowl. I am just about to go for a walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel. Everytime I walk along it, I think of the sailors who have come in and out of port for the past 100 years (as the US had a lease for it with the Kingdom of Hawaii).

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Kim, we really treasure the time we spent with you at Pearl Harbor and just everywhere you took us while we were visiting your gorgeous island. Thanks again.

  2. Marcy W says:

    Thanks for the eloquent reminder, Mia. I’ll add that there are many cemeteries around the country where veterans are buried, some as far back as the Civil War (if not further, maybe up where you live?). I agree Arlington is an incredible place. The Vietnam Wall I’ve never been able to get to, but have twice visited the half-size ‘visiting’ version, as it tours the country, and found that it is amazingly touching, even — or especially — erected in a muddy field or in the middle of a small town. It’s the people who come to visit, instinctively silent, somber, ready to make a rubbing of the name(s) of their loved ones to take home and add to the memories. We don’t lack for opportunities to remember the sacrifice and service — just, sometimes, the will. Today I’m honoring my father, my ex-husband, and his father, all of whom gave years to their country … and my mother, and MIL, who followed them and supported them. Thank you.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with the traveling Vietnam Wall, Marcy. I agree that it’s touching as well.

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