Remembering…

Today we come together to collectively honor all the courageous men and women who have died while serving in our Country’s armed forces.

“They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation.”  – Henry Ward Beecher

The total number of Americans killed in all U.S. wars is more than 1.1 million.

That’s a sobering number.
 
Whereas 12% of our population served during World War 2, now less than 1% of our current population are active duty or reserves.

 

Over time, we have become disconnected from understanding the true costs of conflict – who has served, what they’ve experienced and what is going on in our world.

My father served in the Army and missed a Vietnam assignment by couple of weeks.  Thankfully, he was lucky enough to come home safe and secure after his time overseas.

Unfortunately, many of our veterans come home wounded, physically and emotionally and are often quickly forgotten about.

Outside of the constant low rumbling in the media set as a background noise we can’t fully escape, most of us are far removed from the global war on terror and conflict between countries.

Our numbing out is not difficult to understand.  It’s often a side effect from constant exposure to negative situations that seem to never end.

But on this day, let us connect in with the brave Souls who have stepped forward to defend our freedoms so that we can live the expressed and abundant lives that we do.

In their honor, I want to share a beautiful writing by Kahlil Gibran ‘On Death’.

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;

And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?

Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling? For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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