A person gets from a symbol, the meaning he puts into it.- Justice Robert Jackson
For most Americans, Memorial Day means a long weekend and BBQs.
We are no exception. But in the midst of celebrating, we remember. Travel reminds us of those who gifted us freedom to do that. And our gatherings are meant to be celebratory as they would have wanted.
On Saturday, we spent the morning placing flags for Monday’s ceremony. I have spent countless hours volunteering at our National Cemetery in Phoenix. This year was the first in a long time we could be back. I figured we might have our work cut out for us with, maybe, staff and a few organizations present.
We go. We have known too many.
We arrived to hundreds of volunteers, ready to honor and celebrate those who made a choice to defend our freedom, many making the ultimate sacrifice.
My heart? Full.
This year I have gathered quotes that puts meaning into this holiday for me and while we will return on Monday for the formal ceremony, welcome to the spirit of what happens when we come together for a greater cause.
Memorial Day – 2022
Heroes never die. They live on in the hearts and the minds of those who would follow in their footsteps. – Emily Potter.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends live in my heart, I shall say that life is good. – Helen Keller
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears. – John McCain
And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. – Lee Greenwood
Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a life time. – Adlai Stevenson II
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy
Wind Kisses, Donna