What Memorial Day Means to Me by Natalie Chandler

This week we are celebrating Memorial Day. I have enjoyed reading Christy and Tamara’s entries about what it means to them. I also enjoy a good cook-out with friends and/or family. However, I do try to do something over the weekend to remember what the day is about. In the past, my husband and I have tried to watch a movie (or series) to remind us of the sacrifices that have been made to have the freedom that we have. We have cried over the movies “Saving Private Ryan”, “Band of Brothers”, and “Pearl Harbor”.

On our honeymoon, we were fortunate to spend a day at Pearl Harbor. This is something that is difficult to describe if you haven’t been there. You can almost feel the spirit of the men whose bodies are forever entombed in the USS Arizona. You can still see oil coming up in the water- almost like tears floating to the surface. Then when you watch the movie about Pearl Harbor, you really get a feel that these were mostly just boys. Boys that by now would be enjoying their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But because of their sacrifice, they did not ever get to experience life as we have.

I want to personally thank all current veterans. What you do, what you sacrifice is incomprehensible to me. And for those who have lost their lives and to their families who have carried them only in their hearts, THANK YOU! We take for granted what you have sacrificed and we are forever grateful.

I wish you all a Happy Memorial Day. Take some time to slow down and spend some time with your loved ones. And if you know anyone who has served or is serving- give them a huge hug and a big thank you! God bless!

*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC, LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville