Before I was born my mother, her mother and her grandmother going back for generations lived through one War or another.
For my mother it was World War I, World War II, the Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Gulf War. There has always been one War or another. But what toll does it take on our children? What toll will it take on their children and all the future generations?
Does it solve anything? Has it made the world a better place? Sometimes yes for I know I wouldn't want to be living in a world controlled by the Hitler's of the world. Yet most wars only serve to cost more lives, more lost innocence and more children without a parent.
I believe we need to start looking for another solution in this world. We need to help our children learn to look for the best not the worst in people. To teach them to respect other peoples, cultures and find things that can be shared and learned.
On this Memorial Day I am thinking not only of the boys, men, and women that serve and served our country. But also of the cost to all the children around the world who lost their innocence, parents and lives to war.
My hope is that we find a way past hatred, judgment of others because of their race, religion, culture or difference.