To all of happyhippierose’s readers, Happy Memorial Day!
My wonderful wife Rose has asked me, as a veteran, to write this guest post, and I am both honored and humbled to do so.
Together, with teachers and missionaries, Blacks from Charleston established a “May Day,” in 1865. Memorial Day was established following the Civil War in 1866 to honor the fallen soldiers. It was then known as Decoration Day. Later on, in the twentieth century, the honor of this day was extended to American veterans of all wars.
Today, I write from my own experience and opinion. Over the last six years, I have had the luxury of a wonderful support system not limited to, but comprised of family, friends, and my loving wife!
Having served as a Marine infantryman in Iraq, and twice in Afghanistan, my fellow Marines and I have endured the worst of the worst. Terrible conditions, and unthinkable losses have been our experience. The funny thing is that we have all been more than happy to do so. As service members it is the reason why we decided to sign on the dotted line. I now understand why “old people” watch their war movies, and silently reminisce. It has been, overall, a completely life changing and (no matter how much we have all griped at times) positive experience.
In the days leading up to this holiday, it has been my observation, that some of my fellow Marines harbor feelings of anger and bitterness towards people who they feel might not fully grasp the meaning of the holiday. With posts like “*$%& all the people who think it’s just another day off of work,” and “*$%& your bbq’s,” that I have seen on Facebook, I find it disheartening.
I say enjoy your time off! Live, laugh, and love with your friends and families! Enjoy your BBQs, and drink your drinks! I sure know that I will. I will also ensure that I hold Rose a little tighter and kiss her a few more times during the day than usual, for I am grateful. I am grateful to all veterans who have paid the ultimate price, those who have made that ultimate sacrifice for the precise purpose that we all have the freedom to enjoy our lives and loved ones all the more. It is the gift that they have given us, and it would be in vain if we did not make the most of it.
I hope that all of you out there have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday, and that you are near your friends and families!
From Rose: Special thanks to my hubs for all his service, dedication and for writing this post!
It’s with immense gratitude that I want to thank ALL service men and women, past and present for protecting all of the wonderful freedoms we know here in the USA. Thank you!! And to all the service families out there too – I know y’all do a lot on your ends, give up a lot, go through a lot too, so thanks to you all too. To my cousin Chad and his fam, my Great Uncle John, my Aunt Edith, and all my dear friends in the military community: it is with so much love that I say Happy Memorial Day and thank for fun days like today!
Duggs does have a blog of his own, too. He just hasn’t updated in a long, long time… go check it out and heckle him into posting more often (he’s a great writer, huh?).
I Am Rose’s Keeper is his blog.
As always, thanks for reading! xoxo, hhr