5.28.2006

Memorial Day

A lot will be said today and tomorrow about honoring the men and women of our Armed Forces. Some of it will be tinged by the fervent opposition to the war in Iraq, particularly here in NYC (although the sailors here in the city on leave this weekend seem to having a LOT of fun!).

No matter what you think of the war, or the military, I think today is a good day to remember there are real people serving, and they have parents and families who love them.

I'd like to recognize the parents of the people in the military. Yes, your sons and daughters volunteered but when they did, they volunteered you for the toughest parental challenge: love and support your kid's choice knowing it could be, is, dangerous.

Perhaps it's not a coincidence that Memorial Day falls between Mother's Day and Father's Day.


For those of you with kids in the military today, thank you.


"They also serve, who only stand and wait"
Milton

31 comments:

Lorra said...

What a lovely sentiment, Miss Snark. Regardless of my feelings about the war in Iraq, my flag is flying in honor of all those who have served and are now serving.

My heart goes out to the parents of soldiers everywhere. May God protect their precious children.

Ric said...

AW!

What a marvelous tribute.

Thanks for sharing.

Dave Kuzminski said...

As a former combat veteran who served in the US Army, once again you have my admiration.

Bernita said...

Thank you, dear Miss Snark.
I have two.

December Quinn said...

*applause*

M. G. Tarquini said...

Amen, Miss Snark.

Charity said...

Thank you for this, Miss Snark. I’ve been on both sides of a deployment. I was with 3rd Armor Division during Desert Storm and as a wife of one week, I stood by and waited while my husband deployed to Somalia.

Gina MarySol Ruiz said...

Thank you dear Miss Snark. I have two boys serving, one in Iraq and one on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East. It's always nice to know other people care about my children out there.

dink said...

yes.

Siocáin,

dink

Pam Calvert said...

Thank you for your thoughtfulness. My hubby is serving.

We get to see so many young people who have real patriotic blood running through their veins--enough to defend all of us. I'm so proud of them.

Amanda said...

Thanks, Miss Snark, for reminding us of what's important. It's not the politics but the people, all the people, who are involved.

My thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers and their families this Memorial Day weekend.

Anonymous said...

As a retired member of the Air Force (1970-1994) with more than my fair share of campaigns, and as a parent of a serving member of the armed forces, I applaud your sentiments and thank you. It wasn't until my son began to serve that I realized just how hard it is to be a parent of a soldier, sailor, marine, or aiman.

theinadvertentauthor said...

Thank You Dad.
In Memory John J. Fish
U.S. Navy Veteran - WWII
Jan 2, 1928 - August, 24, 2000

Anonymous said...

If anything I think Americans support our men and women whole heartedly even if the war is wrong, they are doing there job to the best of there ability.
Thanks for posting your thoughts on the matter.

Jean said...

Thank you, Miss Snark. My parents have two. Neither of us in harm's way at the moment, but we'll be back again before we know it.

Virginia said...

Well said, Miss Snark. My sentiments exactly.

DJT said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Miss Snark. My brother is currently serving in Iraq. We worry; we pray; we want him home.

Sheila said...

Well said and so true!

boopsievixon said...

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
It's funny though...because some of those boys up in the NY area (New Yorkers might call it fleet week), are from MY area--Norfolk. Okay, actually, I'm in the Virginia Beach area. They might want to curb just how much fun they're having 'cause some of their wives might NOT be!

Alas, I am proud to have the navy jet noise fly overhead daily as I know, there is no sweeter sound of freedom!

Anonymous said...

Well said Miss Snark. My father served as did both my brothers and myself. There are many that do not understand and never will. It is always comforting when people such as you and your readers let it known that you do. -JTC, USAF (ret)and Proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Brenda Bradshaw said...

There is nothing more self-sacrificing than the soul of a soldier. After living next door to Ft. Hood for years (home of 1st Cav and 4th ID), I have a greater appreciation than ever of the sacrifice they make, as well as their families, especially their own children, so many who are too young to fully understand what it is their parent is doing for them and for a Nation of strangers.

Thank you for standing on the wall so we can sleep peacefully night after night.

Anonymous said...

A fitting and necessary tribute, Miss Snark.

And to every soldier who has served or is now serving, I respect and honor your bravery and sacrifice.

Richard White said...

Miss Snark,

As a former member of the U.S. Army (1984-1999) and a Desert Shield/Storm vet, I appreciate your thoughts and second your sentiments toward my brothers and sisters-in-arms who're serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Japan, Korea, England and dozens of other places around the world.

Anonymous said...

As the wife of one who is in Iraq right now, and the mother of three in the Air Force (one of whom is also in Iraq), I thank you, Miss Snark for bringing the importance of this day into the spotlight.

lady t said...

Thanks,Miss Snark-my dad was in the Air Force and we recieved a military service ceremony after he passed away.

It's important for people to support the troops and their loved ones,regardless of politics.

Anonymous said...

The male members of my family have served since the Revolutionary war. My father who no longer has his memory served in Korea. I deal with a boyfriend who had his 2 best friends blown up in front of him and as a result has severe anger issues. And now my 17 year old twin son wants to join. At times, I too, have mixed emotions about this war. But I never, never, for a moment do not back and support our brave men and women there.

Thank you for an emotional tribute.

Georgia Girl

Lyn Cash said...

LOVE IT! Thank you for this tribute, lady.

Jim Oglethorpe said...

HOOAH! On behalf of all the extended Snark family (especially those of us who have family serving in the military) thanks for this, you made my day!

AzGhostWriter said...

Miss Snark,

We, as Americans, do appreciate this gesture. I want to send my thoughts to comrades in arms, fellow Marines, and buddies who served with me from 1975-1979. I also want to say thanks for those now serving and to the families of those who gave their lives for a greater cause.

Semper Fi!

Anonymous said...

Good gracious, Miss Snark! Your humanity is showing!

Hear hear!