Happy Memorial Day


The weekend is here — Memorial Day Weekend, to some it is the beginning of the hot summer season. To others, Memorial Day Weekend is a time to reflect, to remember those who fought for our freedom, gave their lives and to remember them and what they believed in.

As the proud wife of a Vietnam Veteran, Memorial Day weekend is bitter-sweet. We were one of the fortunate couples of the Vietnam conflict. Why? Simple. My husband came home — a totally different man — fearful, easy to lose his temper and to be defensive. For me, the man I married is still over there — his innocent, trusting ways never returned. So, we celebrate Memorial Day  weekend – remembering the young, carefree soldier who returned as a soldier ready to forget Vietnam because, “It don’t mean nothing, man…”

As the wife, I cannot imagine what goes on in a war zone. All I can do is show him, and the other veterans I meet, how appreciative and thankful I am that the veterans are safe in America.

To all the families who have lost loved ones in war zones, I say Happy Memorial Day. Please remember the good times. The pride the soldier felt to be serving his, or her, country. Let us never forget those who lost their lives to war, and let us  be thankful that we are the United States of America. A nation where freedom reigns. The cost we pay is unbearable, especially when we lose a loved one. May we remember them, taking the time to say thank you, to fly an American flag, and to take at least a moment to give thanks and to pray that we are proud to be American. Happy Memorial Day to all. While you enjoy your grilled burgers, family times, beach trips and overall fun, please remember Memorial Day Weekend is not the celebration of the beginning of summertime…it is a time to reflect and remember those who can no longer celebrate. May God bless us, especially on Memorial Day Weekend.

Published by barbiepc

Barbie Perkins-Cooper is a talented award-winning writer of screenplays, plays, and travel stories and she works full-time as an editorial photojournalist. Barbie has published numerous articles and award-winning photographs for regional, trade, health and beauty, hospitality and travel publications including the Travel Channel, Buick B Magazine, AAA Midwest Traveler, Kentucky Monthly, Southern Hospitality, Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Convention South and Texas Co-op Power and New York Daily News. Her passion for food and hospitality began when she worked as a communications officer, public relations officer at Johnson & Wales University in 1988. Residing in Charleston, South Carolina, Barbie is the author of Career Diary of a Photographer, and Condition of Limbo. She has written seven screenplays, and has a passion for screenwriting, hoping to see her name in the credits of a major motion picture. In September 2007, she was chosen as an approved artist for literary arts with the SC Arts Commission Arts in Education Roster of Approved Artists. Professional organizations include membership with International Food and Wine and Travel Writers Association [IFWTWA]; American Society of Journalists and Authors [ASJA]; Society of Professional Journalists, Editorialphoto.com, and South Carolina Writers Workshop [SCWW]. Visit her web site for further information and writing clips or e-mail her at barbiepc@bellsouth.net.

3 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day

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