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Episode 40 – Lessons to Remember on Memorial Day

Milspouse Matters Episode 40 with Jen McDonald

Milspouse Matters Episode 40 Memorial Day Episode

Lessons to Remember on Memorial Day

This is a special episode to me. It’s so important to remember those who have given up their lives in service to our country and to honor the families left behind, and this Memorial Day we are striving to do just that. When we were stationed in Germany, we had the privilege of attending Memorial Day ceremonies at the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France, where the largest number of American service members killed in Europe during WWII have been laid to rest. It’s an experience I’ll never forget. It left me with thoughts like,

To those of us left behind is assigned the task of remembering. To not let their sacrifice be forgotten. To resolve to live in freedom. 

But what does that look like? I won’t be fighting in any wars soon. How can I take the emotions and thoughts that struck me so strongly that day and apply them to my own life? How exactly do I live in freedom? How do I really live?

Etched on the chapel wall at the Lorraine Cemetery are the words: 

HERE WE AND ALL WHO SHALL HEREAFTER

LIVE IN FREEDOM

WILL BE REMINDED THAT TO THESE MEN AND THEIR COMRADES

WE OWE A DEBT TO BE PAID.

WITH GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR SACRIFICE

AND WITH HIGH RESOLVE THAT

THE CAUSE FOR WHICH THEY DIED SHALL LIVE

This episode is a special remembrance for Memorial Day. I’m sharing a little bit of the history of Memorial Day (once called Decoration Day), along with some excerpts from my upcoming book. This week, let’s remember the fallen, along with their families who must carry on without them.

How do we honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives for our country? How do we truly live and respect what they gave up? Join me for this short episode and take a moment to remember.

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