Sunday, May 29, 2011

The ultimate sacrifice...

On our trip to Washington DC in 2009, Arlington National Cemetery left an indelible mark on my psyche. Like most Americans, I had seen the iconic images in photos and on movie screens, but nothing prepared me for seeing the wave upon wave upon wave of endless white headstones - each representing the ultimate sacrifice. 

I was overwhelmed by the sheer number (veterans from every war, beginning with the American Revolution). It seemed to go on as far as the eye could see. It truly is hallowed ground.

Guarded 24 hours a day 365 days a year through every type of weather, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns) is a moving and beautiful tribute to those whose remains could not be identified. 

Visually, it is stunning in its simplicity.

Its words - reverent and poetic. 

The precision with which the Tomb Guard sentinels execute their duties - breathtaking.

As I sit here writing this post, I think of all the men and women who risked and gave their lives to protect and defend our country, and whose deaths ensured that their fellow citizens could pursue their dreams - even the dream of owning a grocery store in an idyllic place like Palouse. 

Memorial Day honors those who died serving their country. 

I can't help but think that we are here...because they were there.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. 
-The Grocer's Wife