A day to remember and honor

Posted: 28th May 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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It’s Memorial Day.

The day to remember those who have served our country — and those who continue to serve.

It’s a special day for me this year. My cousin and his wife are serving in Afghanistan.

My cousin has been in the Army for a few years. But this is the first time he’s been overseas. His wife recently joined as well, and she is there with him.

I’ve been keeping up with them through Facebook, and it seems like things are going well.

And that makes me thankful.

But today, it’s about all the men and women who have served throughout the years. For those who protected our freedoms from enemies. And especially those who gave their lives for our country.

We should remember and be thankful for them all year round. But today is a great chance for everyone — in their own way — to honor the brave men and women.

For me, I honor them with my words — with this blog.

Because without them, there would be no freedom of speech. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to sit and enjoy a beautiful Monday afternoon in the warm sunshine.

So for that, I say thank you.

Over the past few years,  my appreciation has grown.

On big turning point was when I went on the Honor Flight. I was surrounded by heroes. Most wouldn’t admit to it — but each and every one of them was a hero in their own way.

Being around that group for two days was something I’ll never forget. It as truly a life-changing event. I’m a better person — and a better American — because of that trip.

Since then, my cousin and his wife were deployed. They still have quite a while left on their year-long deployment, but I hope and pray they return safe and sound.

A couple weeks ago, I was in Luverne as troops returned home. It was a touching scene as families were reunited. It was a great moment to be a part of. To think what they sacrificed for their country — for me — was humbling.

So on today, to all those who served years ago, to all those who have just returned, to those still serving, to my own cousin and his wife, I say thank you.