Please remember the ones who can’t forget, the soldiers forever trying to get home, trying to let go, to be okay…
To soldiers and to the friends and family of soldiers, we pause to acknowledge you today, to say that you matter. The things you’ve seen, the things you’ve lost, the battles that you fight, the dreams that steal your sleep – may we never call them small.
And we apologize today, for the ways that we forget, for the ways that we are selfish, for our lack of understanding. Perhaps the ones who’ve never been there, we can’t begin to comprehend words like “war” and “fight” and “home.” We don’t know what they weigh and what they cost.
To the ones who fought for peace and freedom, we pray those things for you. We pray rest and hope and healing, and innocence again. We pray for people who will listen and the strength in you to speak. May other people know you, walk with you in the questions and recovery. May you get the help you need, the help that you deserve.
Today, we say that we see you, and not only as a soldier but also as a person. Someone not unlike us. You are significant. You are not forgotten.
Finally, humbly, thank you.
Peace to you today.