#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Wishing You and Yours a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

As we celebrate spring, and gather with friends and family to grill or barbecue, to laugh and talk and remember, let us pause, in the quiet of our hearts, to honor all those who have gone before.  Ancestors and strangers alike, who have sacrificed, endured, and carried on bravely through all manner of trials.  The women who marched, who were jailed and even beaten, to pave the way for generations to follow–because of their courage and persistence, today’s women have a voice and a vote, for a start.  The courageous men and women of the Civil Rights movement, who took a stand against prejudice and injustice, at considerable risk to their own safety.  Many were killed, or suffered grievous harm, for daring to speak up and show up, all for the sake of those who were yet unborn.  Let’s think of those sturdy souls who lived through the Great Depression, and set an example of strength and endurance for all the rest of us, of the military personnel who have defended our freedom, time and time again.  The many blessings we enjoy today were given to us by our fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers and by all their predecessors.  

These gifts were hard won, and often fought for.  Let us honor them with our gratitude and our remembrance and, better yet, strive to be our best possible selves, for the sake of those who follow.


22 comments to “Wishing You and Yours a Safe and Happy Memorial Day”

  1. JoAnn Baker
      · May 26th, 2017 at 7:01 pm · Link


  2. Gloria Herring
      · May 26th, 2017 at 7:03 pm · Link

    That is so true, Linda! Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Gwenda Underwood
      · May 26th, 2017 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Our family has been blessed so much because of those who went on before us!!

  4. Susan Craig
      · May 26th, 2017 at 7:22 pm · Link

    We have been watching the Band of Brothers marathon. Thank God for those brave men and women.

  5. Ruby Norwood
      · May 26th, 2017 at 7:49 pm · Link

    Well said Linda!! Hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day weekend…

  6. Virginia Horton
      · May 26th, 2017 at 8:41 pm · Link

    I love the way you say things Linda. You said it all. Have a very nice Memorial Day weekend.

  7. midge watkins
      · May 26th, 2017 at 9:09 pm · Link

    May God keep blessing us all. I went to Greenwood Cemetery
    this morning and the sight of hundreds of huge flags circling
    each section brought tears to my eyes. Have a great weekend

  8. Lois Rotella
      · May 26th, 2017 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Well said.

  9. Rita Crofoot
      · May 27th, 2017 at 1:22 am · Link

    Well Said!

  10. Pat Parker
      · May 27th, 2017 at 1:53 am · Link


  11. Renae Kinsey
      · May 27th, 2017 at 8:41 am · Link

    Thank you for the reminder. I hope whatever you’re doing this weekend you are in good health. We miss you!

  12. Barbara
      · May 27th, 2017 at 9:24 am · Link

    This email just makes me want to give you a hug !!!

  13. Jo Pankey
      · May 27th, 2017 at 10:27 am · Link

    thank you for your message. My father was in ww1, brother in ww11 and retired from the army so was also in during Korea and Vietnam, Another brother served in Korea and was a POW for more than 2 years. My husband retired from the Air Force in 74 so I appreciate all the good thoughts that go out to veterans and their families on this Memorial day and all year.

  14. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · May 27th, 2017 at 12:51 pm · Link

    Amen & if this is indication of your new Civil War series to come can’t wait to read. thanks for great & true words. have a great weekend also. thanks, Jo Ann

  15. Leanna
      · May 27th, 2017 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Great post! Have a great weekend!

  16. Andrea Lammly
      · May 30th, 2017 at 11:13 am · Link

    Amen and thank you for your beautiful message.

  17. Marge
      · May 30th, 2017 at 3:55 pm · Link

    YES and AMEN to that. Many of all ages are to be thank for our many freedoms. We live in the absolute best country in the world.

  18. Debbie Bleege
      · May 30th, 2017 at 9:44 pm · Link

    I Am proud to live and breathe and an American. God Bless America! God Bless the men and Woman who have and still are serving.

  19. Valdi McCoy
      · May 30th, 2017 at 11:31 pm · Link

    America, love it or lose it.

  20. Tammy O
      · May 31st, 2017 at 3:34 am · Link

    Our 20 yr old son was killed in Iraq in 2004. Spc Donald Roy McCune II 6/4/84-8/5/04 Operation Iraqi Freedom. RIP, son of my heart. He paid the ultimate price for all of our freedom. Thank you to all that have served & continue to serve.

  21. Melaine
      · June 1st, 2017 at 11:52 am · Link

    For all of those who gave their life for our freedom, their families who grieved their loss, for those who have served and returned, and to those who are serving, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  22. Carol Luciano
      · June 1st, 2017 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Amen ! All my thanks to those who paved the way. God Bless.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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