Memorial Day: Don’t forget true meaning

By DELLA NEWKIRK
Posted 5/27/22

We have American pride for fallen heroes,

Who served the country in the military well,

So we extend an honorable tribute.

Don’t let the true meaning of the holiday get lost;

Troops …

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Memorial Day: Don’t forget true meaning

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We have American pride for fallen heroes,

Who served the country in the military well,

So we extend an honorable tribute.

Don’t let the true meaning of the holiday get lost;

Troops have paid a heavy cost.

 

Honor faithful service for America’s interests and good;

We extend homage, like we know we should,

So, celebrate but don’t forget

There are loved ones whose eyes are wet.

Get back to the roots of the holiday and reflect.

 

But often in the American culture,

We have a way of switching things

And making ourselves queens and kings,

As others have paid the price,

Let’s celebrate and remember their ultimate sacrifice.

 

Although it’s a transitioned celebration:

To the unofficial beginning of summer,

A long holiday weekend, vacations, extra sleep,

Discounts, cookouts, and trip to the beach.

Perhaps don’t say “Happy” Memorial Day,

Because of the sacrifices the brave heroes had to pay.

Celebrate but remember to reflect.

 

Prayers for those who have witnessed the fallen fall,

Some things they wish not to recall;

Sights of human suffering etched in the brain;

Such memories are much of the pain,

For some made it back home but still have wounds,

They left comrades with flowers at tombs.

 

Loved ones, we extend a sincere prayer:

Lord, keep them in Your care.

Take advantage of all the resources;

Expert agencies hear those silent voices.

Reach out for counseling and help to get relief

And assistance in bearing all the pain and grief.

 

There is healing for the soul:

God grant peace, comfort and grace

With whatever challenges you have to face;

The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

He is your refuge and strength; this we know.

Live! No longer masking the pain within,

Let the healing begin.

Dr. Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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