I Will Remember You

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It’s Memorial Day, and the weather in Chicago truly feels like summer. Today all over the country, outdoor chefs will man their grills and preside over cookouts for family and friends. Children will frolic on fresh green lawns, and public pools will be alive with splashing and shrieking.

Yet some of my Facebook friends have posted memes reminding us why we mark this holiday. Their photos of flag-draped caskets and loved ones weeping at graves remind us that Memorial Day is about our fallen soldiers. While Veterans Day honors all men and women who have served their country through military service, Memorial Day is a special day to assure those who died in service to their country that they are not forgotten. Or maybe it is to assure that we ourselves do not forget.

During World War I, Lt.-Col. John McCrae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” a poem that reminds us what such sacrifices should mean to those left behind:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Today, as we enjoy the advent of summer, let’s take a few moments to remember. Let us keep the loved ones of the fallen in our thoughts and prayers. And let us give thanks for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free.

 

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