Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

20170528_183330-1This is my family's first Memorial Day without our family's patriarch. Dad had a long life -- one month shy of 92 years -- of public service that began with his years in the Navy.

Thinking of all those family members with longer and even deeper reasons to honor their loved ones.

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The loss of a loved one is life’s most challenging transition. My Dad died in 1976, more than forty years ago, and yet I miss him and his wise guidance every day. Sometimes he comes to me in the night in vivid dreams that I seek to hold onto as I wake. His presence is a constant companion and reality to me.

Today is Memorial Day when we remember all who served that we might live free. We all gain the benefits of their sacrifice though the only sacrifice that we are called on to make today is to pause for a moment to cherish their memory before, and as, we enjoy our burgers and fries. Still, America stands strong not only for those who contribute but for all who enjoy the blessings of liberty. There are givers and there are takers. We are blessed with those like your father and like you who are givers.

Thank you for this remembrance and reflection.

Posted by: Jack Cumming | May 29, 2017 8:32:41 AM

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