May 25, 2009

Hug your Hero!

Another Memorial Day has come, and again I am wondering the same thought I had last year as well as the year before that. Why does it always seem to rain on this day of remembrance...There have been very few Memorial Days in my 24 years where it has not rained so I'm beyond thinking "coincidence" like I have in the past...A thought came to me out of the blue yesterday while stretching for my 2 mile run. I was there at my favorite running spot, using my car to steady myself, and as I did, I noticed a truck pull up with two gentlemen inside. They proceeded to pull out brooms and chairs readying one of the pavilions for a their Memorial Day BBQ and family get together...I smiled at them, then took off running, having already set my Ipod to the song " I Need A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler... While I was listening to the words,
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero til the end of the night.
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight.
I felt like I finally knew why Memorial day is full of rain. I suddenly wanted to cry as this realization hit me....To me the rain represents all the tears of our fallen Hero's, their loved ones and of our nation as we dealt with their deaths...It represents the tears of our joy when soldiers come home to us, alive and safe...It represents the adversity that our Nation is fighting to over come...The war is raining down on all of us, our husbands, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, wives and children but that "rain" will not keep us down...We will still remember the ones we've lost but we will honor them by marching on as they would have done... We honor them by finding joy in the life they fought for this country to have...So even though it rains, embrace it and enjoy life today and everyday. Hug your Hero if you can... And finally, for the men and women still over there fighting this war, to their wives and children, I SALUTE YOU! You truly are to be celebrated for your strength and sacrifices... Let us all raise our glass high as we applaud you, our Hero's! May our Nation have a VERY wonderful Memorial day full of joy and love! I'm off to hug my Hero:)


  1. Oh Becca, that was beautiful and well said!

    I hope that you and your husband have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  2. I've noticed that it rains ever Memorial Day also! Have a great Memorial Day! I hope you and Robert get to spend it together!

  3. Beautiful post! that made me cry. Give your love and extra hug for me since i cant hug mine! and tell him thank you from me, will ya??? Have a great day. :)

  4. Beautifully said! I got a little teary on that one. Give Robert a big hug for me also.. wish I could wrap my arms around mine! Yall have a great day!

    Trey does get to go off here and there on the weekends. You very well may have seen him. I told him not to think you're insane if some "random" girl does come up to him. He would think nothing of it and probably even know who you were.. ha!

  5. What a sweet post! I got a little teary eyed. And like the others, since I can't hug my hero for another week or so, give yours a great big one from me!

  6. This had been this one of the rainiest weekends in quite some time... so much for Memorial Day BBQ's. I remember going to the Tomb of the Unknowns in DC... very 'heavy' holiday.

  7. Nicely said :)

    I hope the rain cleared up atleast today!

    Have a good week :)

  8. My memorial day was filled with bright blue skies and sunshine. It was a beautiful day for remembering our heroes. Beautiful post!

  9. This was such a well written, and thought provocing post. Thank you. : )

    For me it hits home, family family has it's ties thread through the military for so many years. Sadly two of my great uncles died during Pearl Harbo on the U.S.S. Arizona (one was in the Navy the other was a Marine). I can't tell you how amazing it was last year finally standing above their grave and feeling the pride knowing that my family has stood up and fought a fight to protect a place I call home.

    Man oh man Do I love our country : )


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