As the summer season has officially started with the passing of Memorial Day, I can’t help but wonder if we will remember daily all the men and women that are fighting for our country. The nation sets aside one day a year to remember those who gave their all for our country, however, for some of us, we remember it year round, and for some of us it is a different kind of remembrance. You see, our son served in the US Army 07-08. He was medivac’d out of Iraq in December 07, after having received an injury in an ambush. 5 of his squad members died that day, our son and a few others were saved by grace, and the special forces team that got them out of there that day. He arrived back at his base in Fort Hood, Texas on Christmas Eve that year. Needless to say, it was a very emotional Christmas that year.
Last year, the final man of his Graduating Squad from boot camp was killed in action in Afghanistan, making our son the sole survivor of his Squad that graduated from Boot Camp together. I will never forget when our son graduated from Boot Camp, and the Major told all of us parents to look around the room of graduates, and to realize that 50% or more of these kids would not come home except in body bags. That is a slap of reality but the bigger slap is to realize that your son is the sole survivor of his graduating squad. We don’t need one day set aside to remember those that are in harms way today and everyday, and those that didn’t make it back to finish living their lives here back at home, we have a constant reminder that hangs on our wall of those guys that we laughed and talked with prior to their service to our country, and proudly remember them and their surviving family members on a daily basis. We are truly grateful that our son survived, however, being a sole survivor’s parent, it really makes us thankful and humble to have our son, who now has a wife and 2 young boys of his own safe back here at home.
I ask each of you to remember and pray for our men and women who are currently serving and pray for the families of those who have given their all in service to our country each and everyday and not just one day a year.