Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day. I can't think of anything new to say, but I'd like to direct you here.

Last year, I posted on this annual event at church. At around this time of year, we have honored one of our World War II veterans at a reception at church. We have heard a story of the heroism of an ordinary man.

More than flowers or memorial services or parades, I think the best way to honor this day is to listen: to listen, honoring the sacrifice and recognizing the horror that is war. Listen closely to the stories, for they will speak softly, these humble and haunted men and women. And they will speak the truth.

I think the second best thing is to realize that all ordinary people can be heroes, both in times of peace and in times of war.

7 comments:

Jan said...

Thank you, Diane.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

very well said!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

good reminders, Dian

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Sheesh, I do know how to spell your name. Sorry.

Kievas said...

Thanks for this reminder.

FranIAm said...

Amen!

Barbara B. said...

"all ordinary people can be heroes" -- so true!