Memorial Day can be Very Special, but it Can also cause Bad Memories

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Today is Memorial Day. I want to honor all of our fallen brothers and sisters.

I watched the annual tribute to the fallen military on public Broadcasting last night.

One of the hosts was Gary Sinise. He is one of the huge heroes to all military. He spends hours and hours doing things to help them.

The program had me crying a lot. I usually don’t shed tears, but this was special. They covered all the wars. Many heroes, who spoke. Actors portrayed some of those who had passed on, but had a story to share.

There was one segment that honored nurses in the military. That really broke me up. My brother-in-law’s mother was a nurse in WWII. She was like a second mom to me.

She told me stories on how she held hands of those who were dying. A soldier asked her not to leave, because he didn’t want to die alone. She stayed with him until his last breath. She broke down crying when he passed.

During the Public Broadcast they played taps. That tore me up the most. I get emotional every time I hear it.

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There is a wonderful tribute for the military on YouTube. You search for “Tribute to Veterans.”

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Some articles for Memorial Day

Celebrating Memorial Day over a grill or a pool is one thing, but what about when you’re in the middle of a war? That’s what retired Army Col. Steve Miska experienced when he commanded Task Force Justice in Baghdad in 2007, at the height of sectarian violence during the Iraq War. Not only were Miska and his colleagues mourning the recent loss of their fellow American soldiers, but also the Iraqi interpreters and supporters who helped keep them all alive in a dangerous city. When you’re in the middle of it, remembering those who passed strengthens your resolve to keep fighting, Miska writes.

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“The day will have a few rough spots … we will all get emotional at some point,” an Army veteran told Haley Britzky in this excellent story about what Memorial Day really means to those who’ve served. Believe it or not, the holiday often involves plenty of laughter as well as tears. It will start with a fellow vet leaning over from their lawn chair and telling an old story that starts with ‘Remember that time in Ramadi/COP Najil/Anaconda/Dirty Tampa/Long Bihn…’ and we will laugh our asses off,” the former soldier said.

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How are you feeling on this Memorial Day? Have your memories been good, or do they haunt you?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 12,050 fellow veterans who have subscribed to this site, and they all have your back.

If the memories are getting the best of you. GET HELP!

There is a tool free number to call 24/7.

There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Never live with bad memories!

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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I had one post recently on writer’s block. Today I was writing OK, but just needed to get away from the computer. My back was hurting, and my vision was getting blurry.

Today, I stopped, and did my laundry, loaded the dishwasher, and watched a movie. That was enough time to rest my eyes from the close screen, and flex my back a little.

There are times when writer’s block isn’t the only problem. You may need to get away just to refresh yourself.

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Some of us are so disappointed in what we see as love— even to the point we can’t imagine God’s love.

I have a friend who was all set to be married, and his wife, to be, told him she changed her mind and left him broken hearted just weeks before the wedding. To add an insult to injury, she married another guy within six months. My friend has never married, and is still careful about his relationships with women.

The problem is—human love is convenient.  It’s limited.  We can’t depend on it.  It’s hormones—it’s emotional.  Like eating the wrong thing before you go to bed.  It felt good at first—but now?  Not so much! It actually leads to heart burn.

However, God’s love is unlimited.  It is commitment. God has feelings for us, but his feelings don’t dictate his love.  God’s love is based on His decision!  His love is deeper and more secure than anything you’ve ever experienced in your life. God never Changes. His love is eternal.

So what do we do to make our love a better version?  How about if we express God’s love in our human relationships? How about we become that “someone” in the life of another who can look back and say, “I saw God’s love in them!”

I realize that could be very hard to do if you were like my friend. He did nothing wrong. He was struck down for no reason. However, I can tell you that my friend is a most loving guy, that may not know how to show it sometimes, but he would give you the shirt off of his back.

This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.  Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other. No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is made perfect in us.  I John 4:9-12″

If we could show that much love, the world would be a very different place.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken,

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!