Most people spend Memorial Day having a bit of summer fun. They enjoy the day off from school and work, they have cookouts with friends, go swimming, and celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer. However, the real reason for the holiday is to remember our fallen soldiers. They have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy, and to keep us safe.
That also includes honoring the sacrifices of their families. We are reminded of this via letters published by the New York Times from the children of fallen soldiers. While Donald Trump was busy making Memorial Day about himself like the malignant narcissist that he is on Twitter, these kids showed us what a proper message is, while the so-called “president” failed at even that most basic of presidential tasks:
"I wish you could see me play soccer. Mom gets to watch me. She says you have the best seat in the house from Heaven." — Chris Frison, 7.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 28, 2018
There were several letters in the article, from children of soldiers, whose fathers would be very proud. There is Bayleigh, who made her promise to her father of graduating from high school. She was only in kindergarten when she lost him in Baghdad. Chelsea, who is now 20, lost her father in 2010. And then there is Chase, who the New York Times chose to feature in their tweet on this article. Chase is just 7-years-old right now. He seems to be a vibrant, smart little boy who will go far in life. All of these brave souls will make their fathers proud.
Beyond these letters, though, the deeper meaning here is that people need to realize just how much people give to the United States of America. In all of our political turmoil, bickering, and debasement in the Trump era, we have to have a bit of goodness and hope, and we can find that in these children. They sacrificed for this nation in ways those of us who never lost anyone in combat.
These children, these letters should appeal to the better angels in all of us. In these troubled times, we’d all do well to take a moment and read these letters, which can be found in full here, at The New York Times.
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