Honoring the Sacrifice of our Fallen

Joe grandma flagGive a warm welcome to my special guest Marin Auth, an eighth graders from St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Medina, Ohio. Marin wrote an essay sharing her thoughts about Memorial Day.

Marin is 14 years old. She will be attending Walsh Jesuit High School in the fall. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball. Marin is active in National Junior Honor Society, Drama Club, and Math Club. Her art has been exhibited in the Medina Community Center. Marin’s grandfather, Stan, fought in WWII. She honors him and all soldiers, sailors, and Marines with her essay.

Her essay in part reads:

Memorial Day is a truly important day recognizing and honoring all those brave souls that went and fought for freedom and didn’t come back. To become a soldier, you have to have incredible physical and mental strength.

Every soldier makes sacrifices to defend our county. They leave their families, friends, and everything they once knew.  They will give up their life in a split second.  We must remember all of those that had the courage to fight for our country and didn’t make it back.  They are the ultimate definition of sacrifice.

This day is for all those who endured the sweat, grit, dirt, grime, and know firsthand the horrific events of war. This day is for all those who rebuilt towns, villages, hopes, and dreams. This day is for all those soldiers who died fighting for the freedom we take for granted today. This day is for ALL those soldiers who DIED defending our country. We are forever grateful to them, and owe a debt of gratitude.

Marin, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Please join me in a National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, at 3PM local time. Carmella Laspada, the founder of No Greater Love, asks us all to pause and remember our American heroes. We owe our American way of life to those who gave their lives for our freedom.