By Laura Conant, freelance writer for Calumet Park Cemetery
What does Memorial Day mean to you? Is it the big sales at your favorite stores, having a four-day weekend, or being caught up in all the details of the big party you are throwing for the beginning of summer? Please take a moment to say a prayer and give thanks to the men and women of our military that have lost their lives because they were keeping us safe. Our military is made up of sons and daughters, fiancé’s, husbands, wives, and even some grandmothers and grandfathers. Each one of them is a beloved person to someone.
My experience comes from my fiancée’s death in Afghanistan 2009. I still think of him daily. Before their deaths many experienced horrible physical conditions, human brutality on an unimaginable scale, and a severe loneliness brought on by being separated from loved ones for extended periods of time. So many are affected by the horrible things they must do to survive in a war zone. Just as many are severely affected by the things they are not allowed to do to ease the suffering of the general populace.
Many are redeployed to these hellholes five or more times. Were you aware that 22 veterans a day, A DAY, commit suicide? They have been killed by the war just as surely as someone shot on the battlefield, or blown up by an IED. Our military sacrifice much for us and continue to do so even when they are no longer active duty.
So please, on this Memorial Day, take a moment to honor those who have died; and thank a veteran who is living, for their sacrifices. Semper Fi Chris.