Monday, May 25, 2015

Explore More Monday: Military Memorials, Museums

Today's Explore More Monday is special. Today is Memorial Day, a day where we take time to remember the service members who lost their lives in serive to their country. As a military family, this is an important day for us. We have lost friends over the years and mourn their absence. As a military family, it is also important for us to remind Lil Monkey of the sacrifice and legacy of military past and present, so we are always looking for places to explore with him. Thank is today's #ExploreMoreMonday message.

We've been stationed at various military installations, some Army, others joint, and we alway try to take the time to explore the local musuems, memorials and historical locations. We have visited these places when we are on vacation, visiting other bases for training or something.

In November 2014, we were headed to Fort Polk for Prince Charming to do some paperwork or something. It was suppose to be a quick 3-hours on base before turning around an heading home, but our plans were altered when a deer ran out in front of our truck on the way there and we ended up having to stay overnight. 

We had been statioed at the base for 5 years at the start of my husband's military career. While there I worked for another military unit on the base. In those 5 years we lost Soldiers in both units, something that impacted us both. 2006 was a tough year, not only was it the first year we saw losses, we both lost Soldiers in our units that year. 

Staying overnight at the base, gave me a chance to take Jamie to the Warrior Memorial at Fort Polk. It's hard to explain to a 4-year-old the price these Soldiers and their families paid. 

Our family holds close the legacies of those lives lost, but on this day we are reminded of the cost as a country...

Remember what Memorial Day is really about.
It’s about the 116,000 Americans killed in WWI.
The 405,000 Americans killed in WWII.
The 36,000 Americans killed in the Korean War.

The 58,000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
The 2,200 Americans killed in the Afghanistan War.
The 4,500 Americans killed in the Iraq war. 
And all the Americans killed in other wars.

Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
And thank you for being willing to die for your country.

I encourage you to take the time to look for local memorials around you. You never know what treasures you'll find along the journey.

Until our next cup of tea ...

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