Closed on Memorial Day: Reflecting on the Complexities of Sacrifice

Memorial Day is a holiday that allows us to honor and remember the brave people who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military. As we commemorate this day, it is essential to delve deeper into the complex realities that have shaped the experiences of those who serve. There are so many important issues surrounding service to the military, including addressing PTSD and other healthcare-related needs, additional challenges women may face in service, and the historical struggles marginalized communities have faced over the years. Our firm believes that understanding these complexities is crucial in fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society. 

Let’s Talk about Money

It is a harsh reality that a disproportionate number of individuals with fewer financial resources often join the military due to the need for healthcare and access to free education. While military service provides these vital benefits, it also highlights the underlying inequalities within our society. Recognizing this disparity is crucial in addressing the root causes that lead to such circumstances and advocating for equitable opportunities for all.

We must Ensure Safety and Justice

The 2020 tragic story of Vanessa Guillen, as portrayed in the Netflix series, highlights the distressing realities faced by women who serve in the military. It displays the urgent need to address issues of sexual assault, harassment, and violence within the armed forces. By acknowledging and discussing these matters, we can work toward creating a safe and respectful environment for all service members.

Remember the Past Shapes the Present

Throughout history, our country has asked marginalized communities to fight for the freedom and rights of others while denying them those very rights at home. African American soldiers who fought valiantly in World War II did so while enduring the harsh realities of racial segregation and discrimination under Jim Crow laws. Similarly, LGBTQ+ individuals had to hide their true identities due to discriminatory policies like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Recognizing these historical struggles is vital in understanding the full context of sacrifice and working towards a more just society for all.

On Memorial Day, we must remember the brave souls who have given their lives while serving our country. To truly honor their service, we must also reflect on the depths of sacrifice.

Our firm chooses to close on Memorial Day to honor these important conversations and engage in meaningful reflection. Let us remember those who have fallen and strive to create a world where their sacrifices are truly honored by promoting equality and justice for all.