I remember a boy who joined the service to save himself from a life of factory work.
I remember a teenager who said goodbye to his family and hello to bootcamp.
I remember a man coming home after graduation.
I remember a boyfriend being sent to war.
I remember a husband being sent into battle.
I remember a soldier who pretended he didn’t wake up next to shrapnel in the morning.
I remember a husband who hates the Fourth of July because he doesn’t see the entertainment in explosions.
I remember a firefighter who fought insurgents to save people he’ll never even meet.
I remember a son who left the safety of an American base to convoy to a foreign bazaar to buy his mom a Mother’s day gift.
I remember a husband who hears helicopters flying overhead……of our bed.
I remember a husband who hates when I eat cereal because the sound reminds him of boots approaching on gravel.
I remember a husband who tells me “the weather is bad” when he really means “I got shot at this morning.”
I remember a husband who would walk four miles and wait three hours to tell me that over the phone.
I remember a husband who told me he would sacrifice for our family.
We remember our fathers and grandfathers who sacrificed for us.
We will remember.
And never forget.
Who will you remember this Memorial Day?