I recently read the book “Service” by Marcus Luttrell.
Luttrell is also the author of “Lone Survivor”, a book that was also turned into a movie. “Lone Survivor” details the account of four Navy SEALs who, while on a mission to neutralize an enemy target, are ambushed and caught in a firefight in the middle of the mountains in Afghanistan.
I pretty much earmarked every other page for quotes about honor, respect, sacrifice, and service.
I think that I will probably do many many posts about this book, since I have such a heart for those in the military. As evidenced by the “Sparta” element of this blog, I am committed to changing the way that my family views their place in this world. We are all a part of something bigger than ourselves, and it’s very important that we realize that there is more to life than just us.
There’s something about this genre of literature, and style of life that draws me in so completely. I love the dignity and honor that is exemplified by those in the military.
**please note: all quotes in this post are from the preface of “Service”, unless otherwise stated.**
It’s so important that we remember these members of the military every day of the year, but Memorial Day is a special time to come together and honor the men and women who have made sacrifices beyond our comprehension to ensure that you and I can not only be free, but enjoy our freedom without worry.
In the preface of the book, Luttrell says, “There are a lot of things in life that matter. But nothing matters as much as who or what you decide to serve.”
Knowing what you believe determines what you will serve.
“Driven by a fire that burns within them to defend their brothers, their sisters, their neighbors, and their nation, they volunteered to stand in a dangerous place in the world and offer themselves as expendable.”
And not only do they decide that their brothers, sisters, neighbors, and nation are worth defending abroad, they also come home to serve those people here.
In these men and women, “…you’ll see that we all share at least one trait in common: an ability to get back up and keep pushing forward, through war, through pain, and back into civilian life, where our service to our families and our communities is just as important as anything we did in uniform.”
They see horrors, experience pain and loss, and then come home to the rest of us and are expected to assimilate back into our lives as normal citizens. They sacrifice their innocence so that we can maintain ours, and then come home and shield us yet again from the reality that is service in the military.
We have no idea what they see and do in the process of keeping us safe and free. They spare us the pain by experiencing it themselves. Even their own families don’t fully know the things they’ve endured. The only people they can share that with is each other.
“Our family stays together not by training, courage, or skill but by the forces that bind us: love, honor, commitment, and loyalty.”
And for some, the sacrifice is ultimate. It’s a sacrifice filled with selflessness, commitment, and dignity. It is with the utmost respect and gratitude that we remember those men and women today, on Memorial Day.
“They gave their all — and got something back that no one else can claim: collectively, they form a single thread woven into the fabric of this country’s history, part of something larger than themselves.”
Do you have a family member or friend who has served in the military? Please feel free to honor them in the comments or to acknowledge them by sharing this blog and tagging them.
Have you served in the military? Please let me know in the comments so that I can properly acknowledge you today.