As I watched the coverage of Memorial Day events yesterday, I thought about all the families for whom this is a painful holiday. For them, the day represents memories of a loss so deep, it can never be erased.
While I know that the origin of the day is from the Civil War, it had in the past been expanded to include everyone. When I was growing up, we called this Decoration Day. We went to the cemetery and placed flowers on the graves of the family members we had lost and remembered all the things about them that were special.
I thought about the families we knew when Hannah was in treatment whose children had lost their battle with cancer. For them this day and every day is an ongoing reminder of their grief. If you know a family who has suffered this loss, give them your support, prayers and a special “we are thinking of you” message.
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