"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." - John F. Kennedy
Memorial Day began by me sneaking a picture of Beloved being reflective after a morning run with the boys.
Then, we were off to do our Memorial Day Tradition.
What began as a small Memorial Day lesson on sacrifice for the Little Ones to let go of their precious balloons, still continues and has become a tradition in remembering and honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their life for our freedom.
Although we have always honored our fallen soldiers and the "gold star" families on Memorial Day, we didn't begin this particular tradition until 2005 when 16 dear friends quickly traded places with Beloved crew's and then headed out to do a rescue mission in Afghanistan. The crew died trying to rescue 4 friends that were up in a Mountain in a fire fight. 3 out of the 4 on the Mountain died as well. While they continued to search for the "survivor" for days, Beloved had the honor of escorting all the bodies of our friends home to US soil. On US soil, he was relieved of his escort duty as they took our friends off the plane for the honoring ramp ceremony. I remember Beloved saying to me, "I never left them the entire 23+ hours not even when the plane stopped to refill for gas for 5 hours."
We will never forget them!
We released the balloons with our usual note explaining our tradition, sharing our favorite scripture, and including the destination where we released the balloons. We also asked that who ever finds the balloons to email us so we can find out how far they flew.
The Little Miss was very excited about releasing a balloon.
When it was out of sight, I asked, "Where did it go?"
She cracks us up with her little hands in the "I don't know position."