As a veteran of the war in Iraq, I ask this Memorial Day that you take a moment to reflect on all of those now in harm’s way. Between relaxing on your day off, cooking out with friends and relatives, or soaking up the rays by the pool, please keep in mind the families separated by war. Most of all, keep those who’ve lost their lives in your prayers.
I do not however mean that you ought to only reflect on the troops, their families, or those among them who’ve been killed over the years. Also pray for the families who live in war zones. Keep in your hearts and minds the father who lies awake at night, fearful that he and his family may be killed in an airstrike. Reflect on the mother who must bury her sons when they are killed by invading armies while defending their homes. And do not forget the children, who lose their fathers, mothers, and siblings; remember they live amongst mine fields, and grow up surrounded by death and destruction.
Do something different this year. Instead of donating to military charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans, give to those organizations dedicated to providing aid to the people of war-torn countries. Organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross or Samaritan’s Purse are two such examples.