Memorial Day is about recognizing those men and women that have given their lives in military service. Let us honor them on Memorial Day especially. However, sometimes we forget that spouses, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and other family member continue to deal with grief and loss. It is my hope that we hug them a little tighter and love them on this day but also on those days that do not result in a day off from work or the normal routine of life.
In 1917, the United States entered World War I in Europe. Over the past century, 623,357 Americans have sacrificed their lives in major conflicts (WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Afghan War and the Iraq War). This is the size of a middle-market American city.
As a native of Nashville and a proud citizen of the Volunteer State, I decided to pull the latest census numbers for Metro-Davidson Nashville. The population in 2010 was 626,681 for “Nashville proper.” It is very hard to put into context 600,000 plus lives and their families and impact in and around their community.
We can only hope and pray another major war never happens. Our nation and its’ military must be prepared just in case it does and democracy and security is threatened. As we look forward to the future, let us never forget the sacrifice made by men and women in uniform.
As noted in the Holy Bible, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) May God Bless America and our military men, women and families.