Memorial Day, reflection by Mary E. Latela. May 30, 2016
What is the most important task of those who have lost loved ones –
To remember them, never, never to forget them!
On this Memorial Day and from time to time, we ought to remember those
Who fought for peace and did not come home,
Those who sacrificed their lives for freedom and human dignity.
A friend shared the following with me, and on a day like today, I say:
Jewish Prayer Of Remembrance (by Jack Riemer and Sylvan Kamens)
In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.