thank you Richie and all those who served/serce
My Dear Family and Friends
Well here we are approaching yet another "holiday". How will we all spend it picinic with family and friends shooting off fireworks cranking up the grill for the first time this year or going "down the shore" as we Jerseyans would say.
How wonderful to spend holidays surrounded by those we love.
Even before Richie's joining the Military Memorial Day had a very special meaning for me - I have marched in the parades for years now and that is how my day starts before returning home to be with loved ones.
As I stand at the monuments and listen to the speeches band playing prayers offered raising the flag my mind wanders off when Iook into the eyes of the Veterans - what must they be thinking? Are they thinking back to when they were a young boy leaving their comfortable home to parts unknown their eyes filled with adventure as to what lies ahead for them. But as I look into their eyes each Memorial Day and for those of us who live with a Veteran or are close to them the look in their eyes are different today than that day so long ago when they left the comforts of home.
Today I see sometimes fear sadness lonlieness but I also see an intense camaraderie and pride! You dont see boasting for what they did they just did it and very few talk of it. It is a brotherhood which as a Mother we sometimes dont want our child to be part of but if they are the leave a young boy but return a Man who really knows what is important in life - they've been there seen and done it and appreciate living in our country.
Tomorrow when I look into the crowd and see our next door neighbor our postman lawyer local deliveryman and look into their eyes one can tell from the slight tear at some point that they know the importance of the day and the feeling of brotherhood.
I pray one day to be standing there and see a crowd so deep I can see no more; we must never ever forget what they did what they still do and thank them for their service and always those who paid the extreme sacrifice.
Everyone have a wonderful day and tomorrow as you are with family and friends take a minute to "thank and remember our Veterans".
Love and miss you Richie and thank you for your service and for making me so proud.