Memorial Day when I was growing up was basically just a cookout and hangout occasion.
I had no idea what it really meant for a good while. and I can say now that even when I did find out what it was, I STILL didn't REALLY understand what Memorial Day means.
What changed my view of Memorial day was marrying into the military.
My husband was in the Navy (a Corpsman) but was stationed with and worked solely with the Marines.
He went on 3 combat deployments during his 5 and a half years and let me just say, that business will bring the strongest person to their knees.
the stress, the worry, the danger.
But by the time you make it to the end of the seven months (or 4 or 12 or 18 depending) it's magic all over again. the separation was all worth it because it's over.
Going through the whole shebang really made me hurt for those who over the years haven't been able to come home. or the ones who don't have someone to go and wait for anymore.
It genuinely hurts my heart,
I started crying in the car the other day driving through town because they had the crosses out along the road with the names of fallen soldiers, marines, and sailors and where they served.
I was blessed enough to get my husband back, and so many have not been so lucky.
So Memorial day isn't about getting together and drinking beer and grilling out. It's about honoring those who have protected our right to do those things, and honoring those who've lost loved ones in the armed forces.
So this weekend when you are together with friends or family or you are having that beer and grilling those burgers and dogs, just take a moment to honor those service-members.
They earned the right to be called citizens and they deserve to be remembered fondly and respected for their sacrifice.
The following are just a few of the pictures from my husband's homecomings that I wanted to share.
These pictures and these events commemorate that we made it through some of the most difficult experiences a marriage and a family can ever go through and we were stronger for it.
I am thankful to God everyday that He guided Elliott safely home.