On Memorial Day I wanted to take a few minutes to honor the people who have died for our freedom. I can’t relate to this sacrifice since I have never served in the armed forces. It is way too easy to gloss over the day and not realize there are individuals that died and families left behind. It is easy to say Memorial Day instead of saying the day that men and women died so I didn’t have to. In honor of this day that we remember our fallen freedom fighters, I decided to ask an active serviceman his thoughts about what Memorial Day means to him.
Sniper Daniel Pina, my brother in-law, has served in the United States Army since right after the towers fell on 9/11. He saw a need that day to defend our country and left college to fight for you and I. He has served several tours and has courageously earned two purple hearts. So here is a warrior’s view about this day.
What does Memorial Day mean to you? “Remembrance, anniversary, and honor.”
What do you love about serving? “War brings out the best and the worst in people. You will never feel more alive, or more lonesome. I serve for the guy to the left and right of me. That’s it and that is all that matters when the bullets start to fly. It is great to honestly say that you will lay your life down for someone and back the talk.”
What do you like least about serving? “Being shot, losing brothers, feeling lonesome. Giving into anger and war lusts rage. Being away from family.”
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
So let’s take one day at least to really think about those that paved the way for our freedom. Thank you to all who have spilled blood. All that have given the ultimate sacrifice. To all that have buried a grandfather, grandmother, husband, Wife, father, mother, brother, sister, daughter, or son. I am sorry for your loss and thank you from the bottom of my heart for living a life of sacrifice and for seeing a world beyond you; one of freedom.
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” -Thomas Campbell