Memorial Day invokes “crucial” memories

[The Rev. Bob Blessing’s] most recent tour of duty in Iraq included a considerable amount of both explosions and shootings, prompting a serious “reflective mode” as he observes the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. “I’m really dealing with life and resurrection. Remembering all the lives and how they served, to me, is crucial,” he said during a May 25 telephone interview.

Like his former battalion commander who died when his vehicle hit a land mine. … And the Iraqi translator. “Her name was Sarah, like my daughter. She was killed when a bomb went through her face, literally, and blew her apart. She kept our guys alive and gave the ultimate sacrifice, trying to keep peace for her people.”

Blessing, rector of St. Andrew’s Church in La Mesa, California, in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, said that he’ll pause this Memorial Day to remember not only the dead but also the living, and their huge sacrifices.

Let us pause as well and remember and pray and work as we can and even more diligently to extend God’s Peace, God’s Reign to all People.

Read the interview: Episcopal News Service – NEWS.

Read my Reflections: Memorial Day 2010 and The War Dead

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