Memorial Day / by Brittney Hogan

Once a year, as a nation, we come together to honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  On this 30th day of May 2016, Memorial Day, let us remember their smiles, their quirky characteristics and their unique laughs.  Let us remember how they loved us and this country unconditionally when they gave their lives for us all. 

"Greater love hath no man, than to lay down his life for a friend" John 15:13.

As the parades pass, and we watch those boastful colors of red, white and blue...gaze into the sky and see freedom.  Their sacrifice is our freedom: "free to do whatever we want any ol time".  This memorial day we may cry, we may laugh, hell, we may even have a drink or two, but take heed to know our heroes and she'roes.  They will always protect us spiritually and be with us, in our hearts, forever.

There is a mother crying, a father hurting, a wife feeling hopelessness, children fatherless and motherless, and siblings who feel an empty loss.  Not everyone knows their pain, understands their guilt, or can identify with their sense of loss, but on this day our nation stands tall to honor all.

There is a story of a young man who showed our country greater love on June 23, 2012.  He taught us how to enjoy life through friendship, how to never regret being outspoken, and how to be comical during our transgressions.  This young man, through the sacrifice of his life, has brought others together through love and brotherhood; resulting in one big, happy family: Sleep well in your dress blues brother......Till VALHALLA......SEMPER FI.........

For thirty seconds, on the 30th of May, 2016 let us: light a candle, bow are heads, say a little prayer, and have a moment of silence for our HEROES


Kyle P. Goodwin, MHP, BSHS
Assistant V.P DBSA
USMC, Veteran

Kyle Goodwin is a Mental Health Professional, currently attending graduate school at Lewis University in Romeoville, ILL. He is a service connected veteran who wants to give back to the community by helping those who are suffering from mental illnesses. He was born and raised in Chicago, ILL and served those who were homeless and suffering from HIV/AIDs throughout north Chicago.