Memorial Day- Remember the dead and Support the living

Make it about Love- the best way to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom is to support the living, especially the returning veterans and their families. The Operation Appreciation is about writing a thank you note or supportive letter. I have not yet decided what I will do but I will chose to help.

Combat boots as memorial to American soldiers ...
Combat boots as memorial to American soldiers from Washington and Oregon who have died in the Iraq War, at anti-war rally, Occidental Park, Seattle, Washington, 27 October 2007. In the background is a more general memorial to all of the U.S. military dead in the war. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday, we’ll observe the 11th Memorial Day in a row while at war — the longest period of combat in our nation’s history. For the 1% who serve and their families, this duty is not yet in the rear-view mirror. Even with end of the Iraq War, and the drawing down of the Afghan conflict, the stress of multiple deployments continues, along with the anxiety of eventually reintegrating into U.S. society.  The recent survey of military service people and their families feel unappreciated by the american public.
OpApp encourages and organizes the writing of letters to military families, those in current service and veterans. The writer can choose to write a card to the parent, spouse or child of a military member, or to a veteran of the armed services. All of the recipients will be current members of Blue Star Families. The program effectively bridges the gap between the civilian and military communities that otherwise leaves families feeling isolated. By offering direct communication of our feelings and our gratitude, we don’t just support, we uplift.

2 thoughts on “Memorial Day- Remember the dead and Support the living”

  1. My eyes always tear up when I see images such as the one above. It is difficult to image the sacrifices these men and woman do for us. I praise them for their courage.
    God Bless America
    You may have missed this one I posted -
    A fellow blogger of mine left this one for me to read – very touching –


    1. On facebook I posted about a group called blue star families that support vets and actives with letters. After vietnam and the emotional damage in the men I have loved, I realized it is important to support the people even if you don’t support the war. Thanks for writing.


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