The Greatest Sacrifice

The Greatest Sacrifice

A Story by Jeremy Hiles
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In honor of Memorial Day, and the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

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Today is a day that many take for granted, to most, it is nothing more than a day off of work, for others it is a day to work overtime.  For still others it is a bother, a nuisance that they have to deal with more people.  Yet for some, it is a day of mourning and remembrance.  Today is fittingly named Memorial Day.  Today we remember the brave men and women who sacrifice their time, energy, health, and yes, their lives, to allow us to have and enjoy the freedoms that we so often take for granted.  These men and women fought in the trenches of World War I, the beaches of Normandy, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and many others in World War II, the forests of Korea, the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, the sands of Desert Storm, and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These soldiers did not go to these places to enjoy the view, not for fun, not to go sight-seeing.  They went to defend and uphold the liberty and freedoms that we hold so dearly.  They left behind families, husbands, wives, children, friends, and careers.  As it has been so well said before, "All gave some, some gave all."  Jesus himself said "Greater love has no one than this: that someone lay down his life for his friends."  These men and women are a parallel to this, they lay down their lives so that others can be free, so that they can enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I had a great-grandfather who fought in World War II, a grandfather who fought in Vietnam, an uncle in the USAF, and my dad was in the navy.  I know what they went through, I heard their stories of what happened while they were in the military.  I know the sacrifices they made, the hardships they endured, the toll they took from their service.  So I challenge those who read this to look for opportunities to thank those men and women who have served, to thank them for their service and for their sacrifice.  Shake their hand, tell them "Thank you for your service, and welcome home."  You are sure to make their day.  And for anyone reading this who was in the armed forces, or is an active member, thank you.  Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.  

© 2015 Jeremy Hiles


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^^ I really liked reading this, it made me tear up toward the end. I like how you challenged people to show their thanks to these many people! They do sacrifice so much in order for us to have freedom and safety. I also really liked how you listed all the people in your family that went through war and being in the service, sounds like you have heard many interesting stories! Thank you for sharing this!

Great Job

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

~*~Peace Keeper~*~

5 Years Ago

^^ You're welcome! Could you share some stories sometime? Not on here but in a message if you don't .. read more
Jeremy Hiles

5 Years Ago

Haha, sure, I wouldn't mind at all! There are some pretty interesting things they did! So not a pr.. read more
~*~Peace Keeper~*~

5 Years Ago

^^ okie dokiez, sounds good!



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Wow, this was really good. I kinda of expected it to be based on how we need to remember the real meaning behind this day, but I felt like you went beyond that somehow, maybe with the detail or the personal relation, I don't know, but this was really good! You presented every side and how different people view this day. I thorough enjoyed this! :)

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jeremy Hiles

5 Years Ago

Thank you! I really tried to go beyond just remembering, and actually changing attitudes towards it.. read more
Kimberly Miller

5 Years Ago

Your welcome! Well, it clearly shows that you put a lot of effort and took a unqiue approach than ju.. read more
Jeremy Hiles

5 Years Ago

:) Haha, yes I did have to think about it a lot, I wanted to make it as good as possible! And I wa.. read more
^^ I really liked reading this, it made me tear up toward the end. I like how you challenged people to show their thanks to these many people! They do sacrifice so much in order for us to have freedom and safety. I also really liked how you listed all the people in your family that went through war and being in the service, sounds like you have heard many interesting stories! Thank you for sharing this!

Great Job

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

~*~Peace Keeper~*~

5 Years Ago

^^ You're welcome! Could you share some stories sometime? Not on here but in a message if you don't .. read more
Jeremy Hiles

5 Years Ago

Haha, sure, I wouldn't mind at all! There are some pretty interesting things they did! So not a pr.. read more
~*~Peace Keeper~*~

5 Years Ago

^^ okie dokiez, sounds good!

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Added on May 26, 2015
Last Updated on May 26, 2015
Tags: sacrifice, Memorial Day, honor, bravery, freedom, patriotic

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Jeremy Hiles
Jeremy Hiles

Kathleen, FL



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I enjoy reading and writing most all genres. I have written several short stories and am currently working on two books, as well as another story that very well could end up becoming a book too. I l.. more..

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