In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly – John McCrae
The poem is not about a war on American soil, but remains one that resonates with us deeply. There has not been a large war fought on the U.S. mainland since the Civil War. While we do not see the day-to-day fighting, American service members are making sacrifices every day.
On this May morning, we are thinking of the poppies that bloom in the spring. However, today, this is not because DC is in full bloom—it is because we are approaching Memorial Day. Poppies have become a symbol of remembrance for the brave service members who gave their lives in battle. We look at the poppies and remember that for each flower we see, there is a son, a daughter, a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a husband, a wife who died for our country.
More than a million Americans have given their lives while serving our country. Each person had a story, fears, desires and loved ones awaiting their return. Every one of them entered the battles knowing what they were risking—and yet they still went.
That is why we commemorate Memorial Day. The last Monday of each May is meant to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day occupies a special place in our hearts here at Matlock & Associates. Our family members have served overseas. Our team includes veterans. Not a day goes by that we do not think about what service members give—willingly.
Some fight for the safety of our country – some fight against terror worldwide – some fight against tyranny in countries they would never visit otherwise. Whatever the cause, they serve. They give their lives. For that, we are eternally grateful. Monday is for you.