In America, we just celebrated the 150th Memorial Day. It was a time to reflect on the lives that have been lost in military service to our country. It also was a reminder of the sacrifices made by the families who lost loved ones during their military service. Losses have left thousands of children without one of their parents, husband or wives without a spouse, and parents without a son or daughter.
I am grateful that we celebrate this day of remembering.
Our nation’s capital held a significant concert on this day simply to remember those we have lost. It was an appropriate event televised live on PBS.
I continue to be an advocate to help our veterans who have struggled with PTSD, who suffer many of the consequences of such a tough syndrome. As many of our soldiers’ stories unfold, we learn how they struggle with homelessness, joblessness, suicide, depression, anxiety, insomnia, opioid addiction, mental health issues.
Many have residual physical conditions and disabilities due to the risks of war. We must realize their families are equally traumatized by the emotional and physical wounds suffered by their loved one, and they have much to manage as they support their family member.
On this Memorial Day, I am hopeful that our country will find more resources, help and compassion for those who have suffered as a result of their military service.
I believe we still can do better to help our veterans.
- If you know of a family who has lost a loved one, please send a card or check in on them.
- If you know of a veteran, be sure to thank them for their service.
- If you know of a veteran’s family struggling to make ends meet, reach out to help them in practical ways.
We need to make sure we have not forgotten our veterans on this very special holiday of remembrance AND throughout the year.
Our gratitude goes to all our veterans who sacrificed their lives and to those who have made so many other sacrifices for our country and freedom.
We appreciate all of you.
Happy Memorial Day to all of you who read Lakeside Connect. I hope you have been able to enjoy family and friends on this holiday weekend.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO