Florida National Cemetery Honors the Fallen on Memorial Day 2018
The dark clouds set a somber mood appropriate for celebrating the lives of the men and women who have served our country and died doing so. I don't think you can get an appreciation of the number of lives that have been lost in the defense of our country until you see the enormity of the cemetery and the row upon row of grave markers. It was as awe inspiring as it was somber. It was a day of remembrance. No one was there to debate the righteousness of war or the opinions of a president. They were all there to honor and celebrate those who have served. Hundreds of people attended, from motorcycle clubs to leatherneck veterans and their families. It was a good reminder of the sacrifice families make when they send a member in to service
The day before the event volunteers placed thousands of flags on each grave , reading the name of each veteran.
The day made me appreciate the service of our military even more than I already do. It's so easy to forget the millions of soldiers who have died fighting for what they believe around the world. Do yourself and your kids a favor. Next Memorial Day or Veterans Day, take them to visit the Florida National Cemetery and show them what sacrifice looks like. Or, don't wait until then. It's open all the time. Maybe it could help us all stop bellyaching about cell phones, or Facebook, or politics... by just remembering what it takes to keep that freedom. Call a veteran today and thank them!