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Memorial Day 2011

by Ilana Angel

May 30, 2011 | 7:12 am

Every single day, including this Memorial Day, someone will die or be injured while serving this country on our behalf.  It is our duty, to remember that today is about the troops, past and present, and not just about a BBQ or day off from work.  It’s important to take a moment and acknowledge and thank our armed forces.

Remember those who are overseas.  Remember those here at home.  Remember those who are coming home injured.  Remember those who are getting ready to go.  Remember every single person who has ever put on a uniform and served the United States.  They dedicate their lives, to our being able to live ours.

To every man and woman who is serving here in the USA and overseas, every mother and father who has a child serving, every child who has a parent serving, every family who is waiting for someone to come home, every family who has lost member of their family, thank you. Thank you.

There are kids serving who are not that much older than my child.  There are men and women serving who are missing their kids.  It is a huge sacrifice to be in the military, and I can’t wrap my head around what it must feel like to be on a plane heading overseas, or on a plane back home, having finished a tour of duty.  I imagine heading in either direction is scary.

If you see someone in uniform say thank you and keep the armed forces in your prayers.  Thank you to everyone who fights every day to make this a great country.  Your bravery and sacrifices are appreciated and respected by all of us.  You are in our hearts, we are all waiting for you come home, and we are keeping the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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