And it's one of the most important days we Americans could possibly observe.
Memorial Day is not about Veterans. It isn't about celebrating homecomings and it isn't about politics or yellow ribbons. It's a day that makes our country pause. And think. And remember. It's about all of those that never came home. Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who died while serving our country.
But like any other holiday, it's really easy to get wrapped up in the celebration and the break from school, the food and family and festivities – and forget the true meaning of the day. Right? It's a long weekend. A chance to squeeze in a short road trip or a visit to Grandma's before summer camp and swimming lessons are in full swing.
But somewhere in-between, this day should be especially meaningful to us as parents. Most importantly because each soldier lost while serving this country has parents, and a family. And to those left behind, every day is Memorial Day. It's sometimes easy to forget that our troops are also sons and daughters and brothers and cousins and friends. And while our country honors its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, it's important to remember the fallen as those sons and daughters and brothers and cousins and friends that they were. They are truly, brutally missed.
So take a minute. Take a breath. And observe Memorial Day.
This post has been adapted for Musings of Mother Hood. It was originally posted on Deep South Moms Blog on May 31, 2010.