It's almost another holiday this weekend and I know a lot of us are probably gearing up for parties, BBQ's, and parades. It may be exciting because you'll be getting a day off from work and 3 day weekend, but it's easy to forget what Memorial Day is actually all about.... so this #OOTD is sponsored by this friendly neighborhood reminder :)
I was born in a hospital in the heart of Washington, D.C. and grew up right next to Ft. Belvoir, so being surrounded by a military presence was always a part of life. In fact, my Barbies preferred dating G.I. Joe than my Ken dolls and it's actually not surprising to me as an adult seeing why my childhood self would totally be ok with this LOL. Every single man I know on my dad's side of the family served in the (Thai) army, many of my friends are or were serving, and now I've married into a military family. My father-in-law served in the Army and my brother-in-law is a Marine. Needless to say, I have quite a bit of experience with the lifestyle, the hardships, and am well aware of the sacrifice that comes along with this choice.
So I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that, although this may be a celebration, this is actually a time to really appreciate and honor the men and women who have died to allow us to have this beautiful Monday off a week from now.
So here are a few suggestions outside of dressing up and partying:
1. You can visit graves of fallen soldiers and place flowers or flags
2. Participate in Operation Gratitude and write a letter to or send a really loving care package to a solider who is deployed.
3. Pause at 3pm for the National Moment of Rememberance
4. And if you're really into a face-to-face experience, you can visit wounded or disabled veterans and thank them for their service
So when you're wearing your red, white, and blue next Monday, keep in mind the real reason why we have the freedom to do whatever you want that day... and take a moment to raise your glass for the fallen.
Soma & Ulte
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