Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day - 2009

I never know what exactly to say to anyone when they lose a loved one, it is the most uncomfortable feeling one could possibly have. You have a dire need to offer that person some kind of relief to their grief, but at the same time, you know that everyone else has said the very same thing.

Here's the way that I see things. I am Catholic, which means that I believe that your spiritual life continues after your physical death. If you are a righteous person, your life continues in Heaven. I have some ideas of what Heaven is, and that it is more wonderful and amazing than I can possibly imagine. When you love someone, you want that person to have the best that can be offered. Heaven is exactly that.

So, for me to suffer from the loss of a loved one is unwarranted. They are in the best place that can ever be realized. How do I tell someone that has lost a loved one what I believe? It is too damn hard to do that.

Memorial Day is to honor our war dead, those men and women that lost their lives protecting freedom and our way of life. To me, this is NOT a sacrifice in the truest sense of the word, it is an HONOR. To die in the fight protecting one's values is the highest honor that there can ever be.

Today, honor those that have died giving their very lives for the protection of their most important values. Salute.

Here's my Memorial Day post from 2005.

Here's the Memorial Day posts from some of those folks in my reader. Enjoy.

Denise from Grandma's House.

Nigel from This Goes to 11.

Jim Hoft from Gateway Pundit.

Christina Jade from Conservative Hippie Chick.

Andy from Andy's Place. (formerly Urban Redneck)

David Drake from the blog formerly known as Mrs. Satan.

Herb at Prudentia Sit.

Van Helsing at Moonbattery.

From Blue Collar Muse.

Basil from Basil's Blog.

Kingfish from Jackson Jambalaya.

The staff from Newsbusters.


Never forget.

Please take the time to comment.


Nigel said...

Great post and roundup...

Paul Mitchell said...

Thanks Nigel, and I am glad that you are back blogging.

As if you ever left it.

ChristinaJade said...

You're exactly right. Knowing that a loved one paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom gives a person a sense of pride with the sadness that is hard to explain. You hit the nail on the head.

And thanks for tossing my little pink bloggy thing in there. :)

Denise said...

Thanks for the link, TD. I always think of my dad, my father-in-law, grandpa Dennis and all the others who served. When we were kids, every Memorial Day meant getting in the car with Dad and going to the cemetery. We would usually run into a whole bunch of family there. Always, we took roses from Mom's garden and put them on the graves of grandma and grandpa. I used to hate doing that; I now wish I could turn back the clock and show the respect they deserved.

Paul Mitchell said...

Demise, I was six years old when the Democrats took the meaning out of Decoration Day and turned it into a three day weekend, do you remember that happening?

Now, it is simply another government paid holiday for so many folks.

Nigel said...

Great post and roundup...