The Blue Star Flag

Monday, May 31, 2010

A few months ago, I noticed this flag in the front window of a house in our neighborhood. Underneath, there is an electric Christmas-type candle, always on. It is the blue star flag, and it means that this family has a loved one at war.

I don't know the family who lives in that house, but since I noticed their flag, I think of them often. Whenever I walk by, with the boys in the stroller, I always look to make sure the light is still on, and that the star has not changed to gold. A gold star means the loved one has died. That would be awful.

I'm thinking of that family especially today, Memorial Day. A day when we are to honor those who have died serving in America's military. Those whose families got a knock on the door, and lost their blue star.

Yes, today is the unofficial start of summer, and yes, there is much to celebrate. But please, stop at some point and take a moment to remember the sacrifices of so many. Attend a parade. Put a flag on a grave. Wear red, white, and blue. Talk to your kids about Memorial Day, and help them understand that we are the most fortunate people in the world. We are Americans.

Now go have some fun!

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