I know that this is a day early, but since I will be out all day tomorrow, I wanted to pay homage to Memorial Day as soon as I could.
Since Ronnie died, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Memorial Day. It was the one time a year, those of us who have lost loved ones to War, could band together and take comfort in how many strong we are. However, it serves as another reminder of Ronnie’s passing (as if we needed another) and life’s mortality.
We take the time tomorrow, to honor those who have fought and died for us; who have made the ultimate sacrifice for those they love, and those they will never know. This is the second Memorial Day that I’ve stopped and truly thanked Ronnie, his brother at arms; the brave men and women who had gone before him and the brave men and women who have come after him, and will no doubt, come after that.
I will honor the sweet boy, who became the strong man; who was brother and friend and an ultimate confidant in my life. I will spend my days paying homage to a life that was never truly able to start… Not just on holidays like tomorrow, but with every breath that I take, for as long as I live.
Thank you for your service, Ronnie Pallares; thank you to the countless men and women who have faced the same fate, who have been loved and mourned and celebrated. Thank you for your bravery, your dedication, and your love.