For some, Memorial Day weekend means camping, gathering together for barbeques, or catching up on spring yard work. For others, it is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of loved ones and others who have served our country. In our home and countless others, it is both.
Whether or not they died during a war, we can honor the memory of soldiers by visiting their graves or other memorials. You might find it meaningful to drive through a National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend, where flag after flag line the road, saluting those who have served.
Generally, on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day our family chooses to display the neatly folded United States flag presented to us at my father-in-law’s interment. Another Stars and Stripes waves proudly outside our house. Sometimes we look at photos from the war and recall stories of the bravery and selflessness of our fathers and grandfathers. We acknowledge the price they paid and the emotional scars they carried through their lives after the wars. Often on these days, we ask God to protect the men and women serving now and to give wisdom to those leading our military forces. We also pray for peace—in our world and in the hearts of all who grieve.
Honoring the memory of loved ones can help us heal and move forward. It also is vital that we make time for self-care, including relaxation and recreation. On Memorial Day weekend, consider reflecting on those who have served and taking time to relax and build new memories, which can bring you and others joy both now and in the future.
Excerpted from Doses of Comfort by Gwen Waller, available on Kindle and in print at Amazon.com.