A Memorial Day Remembrance….

For many of us, Memorial Day is a tough holiday. We may have lost loved ones in conflict, or experienced combat firsthand. While we are called to remember those who served, some of us may prefer to forget painful experiences. Unfortunately, for those that survive, forgetting is not always an option. Something small can key a long buried memory, something simple. Perhaps a news item about someone that looks like a person long gone, or a place or situation that seems ordinary to everyone else, yet menacing beyond belief to a combat veteran. So I was touched by this photo of Mr. Coty’s grave. He served in Viet Nam and the effects of that experience haunted him and affected his family. Not every day, or all the time. Yet perhaps the randomness was the toughest part. His daughter and grandson visited the grave this weekend, and left flowers. So today we remember, because for those who serve, it may be too painful to remember. With humble hearts we thank you for your service, not knowing the price that was paid. With faithful hearts, we pray for healing and wholeness that is only possible through the grace and mercy of God. Text by Connie Chintall ©2011, Photo by Renee Coty

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mark lloyd richardson
    May 27, 2012 @ 13:05:51

    Well said! Thank you.

    Reply

    • seekthesacred
      May 27, 2012 @ 13:08:22

      As an Air Force veteran, I am proud to have served my country, yet I know full well my service was easy compared to many. I am prayerfully discerning my path ahead, looking at a certification in spiritual direction and working with returning veterans.

      Reply

      • mark lloyd richardson
        May 27, 2012 @ 22:28:22

        Connie, I think spiritual direction could be a real help to many veterans. I served as a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know members of the military. My current church is not far from Vandenberg AFB, so we’ve had some great AF families as part of our congregation over the years. There is always a need for more support for them. Blessings, Mark

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