Author: Tsara Shelton (i): Contact: [email protected]
Published: 2020-05-25: (Rev. 2020-12-03)
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May 25, 2020 is Memorial Day in America, an event celebrated annually on the last Monday in May to honor and remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Forces.
This Memorial Day – honor and remember and thank the fallen vets and all who find ways to become a lifestyle in service.
When we remember and honor the fallen vets, we can turn to a living disabled veteran struggling with addiction, PTSD, depression, or mobility problems.
Today is Memorial Day in the USA. Memorial Day is reserved to honor and remember those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
I confess that while I have no problem honoring people and remembering them. I am deeply uncomfortable with the United States Armed Forces.
However, it is easy for me to use this day as a refreshment and a reflection of my passion for the recognition and reminder of the value and complexity of the service.
I suggest that the desire to be in service is inherent in all of us.
But too often we refuse. Or if we choose to, we step into an oversized system that simulates the feeling of being on duty. These systems almost always include aspects and opportunities for real service, but are rarely holistic or sustainable when put to the test of their proposed mission.
But we all have the ability and desire to be in service.
We can do this on a daily basis by being willing to cause inconvenience to ourselves, deviating from our planned plans, or putting ourselves in danger in order to take our time if someone reaches out.
Remembrance day May 25, 2020. The holiday is now celebrated annually on the last Monday in May.
It is true that sometimes people do not make contact until they are in a dangerous condition. It is true that when we choose to meet them where they are and hope to lead them to a healthy place, sometimes we put ourselves in danger. Be careful in these cases. Ask for help yourself if you can. But on Memorial Day, we remember that it can be heroic to be in danger to be of service. May be, if we are careful and know who is risking our safety to help.
My youngest brother is now very capable compared to years ago, and that’s because a) he works on it, has clear goals and wants to b) he turns to me or my mother for guidance, ideas, reassurance and c) Trust that we will help.
My mother and I are rarely too busy for him, although we often are. And if we don’t take the time to lead him out of his misery, then always with belief in his ability to do it ourselves, not with pity or avoidance of him.
Remembrance Day can be a day when we are on duty. When we remember and honor the fallen vets, we can turn to a living disabled veteran struggling with addiction, PTSD, depression, or mobility problems. This will serve us alike, if not more than them.
And think about how accessible we are. How accessible are we every day? How comprehensive and accessible is the world around us?
Make changes and ask others to make changes.
This Memorial Day – honor and remember and thank the fallen vets and all who find ways to become a lifestyle in service. We’ll all have fallen one day. Let us honor those who fell before us. Who were heroes and livers of intentionally inclusive lives in service to others.
And let’s become a hero in the service ourselves.
“We don’t become demanding on our own.” Dr. Lynette Louise “The brain wide”
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Journal: Disabled World. Language: English. Author: Tsara Shelton. Electronic publication date: 2020-05-25. Last revision: 2020-12-03. Reference Title: “In Service: US Memorial Day 2020”, Source: In Service: US Memorial Day 2020. Summary: May 25, 2020 is Memorial Day in America, an event observed annually on the last Monday in May The honor and memory of those who died while serving in the US armed forces are reserved. Retrieved on December 24, 2018 from https://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/in-service.php – reference category number: DW # 307-13846.