What is it about reflection that takes us back with the added grace of discernment? Time often provides the space for acquiring understanding. And understanding, after all, is one of the sweetest virtues.

So we celebrate Memorial Day and we remember. We remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. We remember those who are living and make daily sacrifices in the service to others. We remember those lost and forgotten. We remember the lonely. We remember acquaintances, friends, lovers, family. We remember.

As we travel into, and then beyond, this Memorial Day, I hope to better cherish the spirit of service that others have given. If I keep that spirit close at heart, then it will be harder to forget, and this is all about remembering. Because if I remember, I just may be more apt to respond with more generosity and vigor and dedication to those people and endeavors I am called to in my life.

The grave stones are lined up in geometric perfection across the cemetery and that indelible pattern engraves the land with a reverent reminder of the humanity in all of us, and the fragility and gift of the journey sacrificed by those we have lost.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
—John F. Kennedy

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