It's almost Memorial Day so a quick note from someone who loves a soldier:
Please don't wish service members a happy Memorial Day, because there is no such thing.
Please don't thank the active duty service members for their service, or the veterans, or anyone who will have the chance to hug their loved ones again. Veterans Day is in November, and they'll appreciate the recognition!
Please don't thank us, the families, for our sacrifice. We love a soldier, our friends love soldiers, our friends are soldiers. We want everyone home safe at night. When they're gone, we hope for a phone call.
For some people, though, the phone call doesn't come and, instead, there's a knock on the door. There is no homecoming banner, but a folded flag. There is no jubilation, but grief.
We know what you mean and we know you mean well, but Memorial Day is a somber holiday to remember those who didn't come home and who paid the ultimate price. No one in the military community WANTS to be recognized on Memorial Day, because none of us want to imagine the pain and heartbreak behind deserving the recognition.
Please, just remember those who have given everything and cast a moment of remembrance their way this Memorial Day.
Then, enjoy your celebrations in their honor! #memorialday#memory#loss#alwaysremember#alwayslove#missingyou#neverforget#loveasoldier#sacrifices#rememberourfallen
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Break of dawn. New day. Another chance to do something in our lives. But today isn't a day about me. Today isn't about my dreams. Today isn't about me improving myself. Today isn't about my own self reflection and hope. Today is the day that I really have to let go of one of my previous bosses. Today is the day we have to bring him to his physical final resting place. Today I take a break from all of the things I need and want to do. Today. I may be physically ready but in reality I'm not. I don't think I'm over the fact of what we all know. Today, the whole Agoo, Second District, La Union, Philippines stood still to bid farewell to the four men who died because of the 2018 election violence. The state condemns it. The church condemns it. As we all bid farewell to these men, their undying love to this district ( #parasabayan) will never be forgotten. In my eyes, they are all good people.
You. What are you willing to do for your country? What are you willing to sacrifice for your country? What are you willing to sacrifice for the person who stood with you since you were in college? What are you willing to give for the things you truly believe in? #salute, #respect, #justice, #sacrifices, #bayanosarili#sandcloud, #sandcloudambassador relation: I'm willing to give my everything. I'm willing to give my time, my safety for the things I truly believe in.
Hellooooo 37!!! I would have loved nothing more than to spend my birthday with my wife, family, friends and loved ones. But instead, I spent it working 12 hours on one of the biggest ships in the world in the middle of the China Sea with 6,000+ strangers. Even made some new friends; afterall, when you spend tens of thousands of dollars with me, I guess we can be “friends” 🤑
Birthday was meh, business was better. In fact, my second best cruise in 5 years. Gotta love China 🇨🇳 A few words of wisdom from this “old man” 😉
I’ve spent 13,505 days on this earth and I’m sure many of those were wasted days; sleeping in, hungover, mindlessly watching TV... But trust me, I’m doing my best to play “catch up” now. I’ve been blessed with a family that loves and supports me in my endeavours, fortunate to have a career that allows me to travel the world, and lucky to be able to pursue my passion of triathlons/Ironman despite 4 knee surgeries.
So don’t let life pass you by and don’t sleep your life away. You’ll wake up one day and realize all that time you wasted could have been better spent. People often ask me, “you don’t sleep in?”...”you’re not tired?”...”is 6 hours enough?” Sure, I take the occasional power nap, but 4 hours is not a power nap 🤦♂️ Live life, love life, and sleep when you’re dead!
To another 100 years 😃
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