“Morbid fear of: (1) Being forgotten; (2) Being ignored; (3) Forgetting.” – Segen’s Medical Dictionary
It’s quiet. The grass is emerald green in the sun. The once-perfectly aligned granite and marble stones stagger and become askew with years of service.
Veteran’s cemeteries are places to remember fallen heroes. In a time when heroes are far from common, Memorial Day is a time to remember our veterans. To never forget. Not to mourn, but to celebrate their courage, sacrifice, and example.
And to speak their names. In the military, we have a tradition of reading the names of the fallen aloud. I think David Eagleman got it right when he wrote:
“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”
Do not forget. Here’s a link to a map of national and state veteran cemeteries. Take a walk through one and read a few names.
And let’s remember together.