While today might seem like just an extra day off from work, for many, it is a very hard and somber day that is a struggle for those that have lost everything. They woke up this morning like they do every day alone and rolled over to an empty space on the bed next to them. They sit alone at a table with an empty chair with picture frames and memories around them. Houses and yards once filled with life and laughter are now filled with what can only be described as a deafening silence to those who know this feeling all too well.
Today, take a moment to remember those who gave everything in the service of our country. Remember their families and loved ones who continue to struggle with their loss. Remember their brothers and sisters in arms who while still with us, live each and every day with a piece of themselves that was lost with each of their fallen brothers and sisters. The struggle never truly ends. It may get better for some with time, but that pain never truly goes away.
Take a moment today to remember our fallen.
Veterans Crisis Line
Text – 838255
If you are able, save them a place
inside of you and save one backward glance
when you are leaving for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
though you may or may not have always.
Take what they have left and what they have taught you
with their dying and keep it with your own.
And in that time when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O’Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam