Welcome to “Be My Guest Thursday”. Yes… I know it’s been awhile! Please enjoy this guest post by my great friend George L. Fisher whom I always tip my hat to on every holiday that represents our military! Thank you George for your service to this great country that we love and thank you for reminding us who we should be thinking about as we go about enjoying “our way of life”.
“Our way of life…compliments of those who didn’t make it back.” By George L. Fisher, LTC US Army
I have spent many Memorial Days attending remembrance ceremonies over the years.
I think it is important.
I have also spent many Memorial Days enjoying what we call the American way of life-cooking out, swimming, and enjoying time with family.
I think that is important, too.
Some others may disagree with me, but I think there is no better way to honor our Fallen Comrades than by enjoying Memorial Day by all those things–cookouts, ball games, recreational activities, and being with family— Why? Even if you take advantage of that Memorial Day sale–whatever the day encompasses, as long as we understand HOW we got here–by the blood of Americans, past and present–and as long as we are acutely aware that if we are to preserve our way of life–then not only must we remember but we must be prepared.
In today’s time, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day are virtually the same–and now more than ever our nation tips its cap to our Military everyday. You can’t go out to eat, walk into a store, or even pump gas in a uniform without someone thanking you. It is extremely humbling and for me almost embarrassing because I’m nobody. Then you realize it’s not about you as much as it is the uniform and what you represent. My normal response besides “Thank You” is that “I’m just glad they allowed me the privilege to serve.”
REMEMBER–Memorial Day is about those that paid the ultimate price, those that didn’t make it back.
We MUST remember–not just on Memorial Day, but EVERY day we wake up as Americans–and then we can enjoy our way of life.
Speaking of the American way of life, on Monday, May 26th, I will be honorary team captain for the Atlanta Braves/Boston Red Sox game at Turner Field. My “duty” is to take the lineup card to the umpire. To say I’m excited for the opportunity is a gross understatement. I love baseball and the Atlanta Braves. My good friend, fellow Soldier, and Chaplain, Captain Leslie Nelson, offered my name. She knows I am a baseball fanatic. She is a wonderful Chaplain and brings great comfort to our Soldiers–she also helps us to remember.
So, on Memorial Day 2014, with my family in tow, we will enjoy our American way of life. It will be a great day, but I will remember it came at a high price — some of whom I studied, some I heard about, some I knew and hundreds of thousands who I never heard of but still garner the same respect. I will remember that I am only a representative to all the others, and that when someone thanks me they are thanking ALL who serve and have served…and I will thank God that I am an American.
Visit George’s blog at http://fisherchronicles.blogspot.com/
Past guest posts by George: