The Opining Quill is written today in honor of Keith Allan Miller and is dedicated to his memory. Today would have been Keith’s 64th birthday. He died in South Vietnam 9/7/67.
Memorial Day is set aside in dedication to the memory of those that sacrificed their lives in military combat service for our nation. It is a day for solemn reflection on the human cost of war, of shattered lives, of broken dreams and human sacrifice.
Too many of those we honor and remember on Memorial Day were young men and woman that never knew the joys of having a child in their lives. Each had dreams, and a family left behind to shed a stream of tears with sense of loss.
On this day communities will gather together in remembrance, passing on to the next generation a conscious awareness for the sacrifice from past generations. Community parades will see young scouts, sports teams, politicians and school bands marching together as one honoring those that perished on fields of combat.
One this day families will gather at picnics and barbeques taking pleasure together with laughter, games, good times and good food. Family memories will be formed and traditions passed along from one generation to the next. It will be a long weekend with time off work but for some it will be a longer weekend alone in their thoughts.
For some it will be a weekend remembering a son, brother, sister or cousin that no longer gathers with family here on earth. For some the heartache opens every year wondering what the father they never knew would have been like. For some it is not a joyous long weekend, only a long weekend of heartache, broken dreams and heavy heart.
On Memorial Day remember those that have served and never returned giving their last breath in service to our nation. Remember also their families and the silent sacrifice they endure.
The music and parades on this day will slowly fade to silence as they pass but the memory of loved ones gone must never fade. The lives remembered on this day form the fabric of our history as a nation they are a reminder that freedom is not free. Our freedom has been delivered, protected and preserved with their blood and life; let us never fail to remember the sacrifice and human cost.
On this day I remember Keith Allan Miller, the memory of the man and his sacrifice will never fade.