I encourage you to read the Memorial Day reflections of Alex Horton, a veteran of the Iraq war.
“Memorial Day is meant to remind folks of the sacrifice borne by those who fell in battle in defense of the country, as well as their families. But once you lose someone in combat, Memorial Day bleeds across the rest of the calendar …”
“I hope civilians find more solace in Memorial Day than I do. Many seem to forget why it exists in the first place, and spend the time looking for good sales or drinking beers on the back porch. It’s a long weekend, not a period of personal reflection. At the same time, many incorrectly thank Vets or active duty folks for their service. While appreciated, it’s misdirected. That’s what Veterans Day is for. Instead, they should take some time and remember the spirit of the country and the dedication of those men and women who chose to pick up arms. They never came home to be thanked, and only their memory remains.”
Spirit of America helps those who serve return home safe and proud of their success so that fewer of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and mothers and fathers need to be remembered on Memorial Day. There are, however, a number of organizations that serve and support the loved ones left behind by the fallen. Here are a few that I’m sure would appreciate your support: Semper Fi Fund, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).