Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches we all say do not forget about those who sacrificed their lives for those still living. What about those who are suffering from tramuatic injuries to the brain or mental illness such as PTSD?   Those who live have suffered and have sacrificed. We must not forget what they deal with on a daily basis. Many men and women saw very serious battles while in past wars. From the Revloution War to our current war. Women are often forgotten as many are not in combat units. Many of our women are nurses who see the worst of the worst of war. Vietnam being one of the wars where women were finally recognized as a soldier. But this is not about the sexes of the war but about the soldier. I follow a new and upcoming artist known as "SoldierHard" his music label "RedconOne". He sings about being a wounded warrior not so much about physical wounds but the mental wounds.  He speaks bout the hardtimes of trying to function in world where no one seems to understand. It is truly hard to live with someone with PTSD. How would I know? Because my father has PTSD and Survival guilt . Without going into  much detail it something he keeps locked away and deals with everyday. Often I am confused and at a loss as to help him. But he adopted a dog a few years ago that has seemed to help him. She knows when he needs love and keeps him active. It is the little things that make things easier and less tempermental. I have no idea what war is like, I do know it changes those who go to war. They see things differently. I listened  to SoliderHard's  song " Trapped In these Four Walls". It is moving and speaks volumes. I often wish so many would take the time to remember those suffering and sacrificing above ground. I found a poem I like and want to share:

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” -Native American Shawnee Chief "Tecumseh"

So think of our veterans and remember they too have a rough time as the rest of the world. But on this day called "Memorial Day" let us not forgot all who sacrificed. The dead and the living.

 Alison

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