I realized when I started writing this blog that my date had fallen on Memorial Day, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about it.
First and foremost, my thoughts and thanks go out to all those who have lost their lives while defending our country. Though I don't write military heroes, I love reading them. One of my favorite authors is queen of military romance and she's done an amazing job of shining a light on their courage and selflessness. (I'm talking about Suzanne Brockmann. Her Troubleshooter series is like non other I've ever read.)
To those of you who have lost loved ones as they defended our country, my heart goes out to you. My dad and uncle both served in WWII and both survived to live very long lives, but my neighbor wasn't as lucky with her son who served in the Vietnam War. It's devastating to lose a loved one, but probably even harder when it happens in the military because the possibility is there from the beginning and that fear is always in the back of the mind.
I hope everyone takes some time to remember what Memorial Day is really all about. It's not only honoring the fallen men and women who have defended our nation, but it's understanding that their sacrifice is why we are free today.
If you've lost someone or know someone who has, please share their name and a little history to help remember and commemorate.