Memorial Day Means So Much More To Me Now…

by | May 29, 2022

Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

Memorial Day means so much more to me these days at the prime age of 75. than anytime in my life.  Since researching and writing my book in 2011, awareness of the lifelong suffering of severe trauma and PTSD has increased exponentially. We know so much more in 2022 than ever before about traumatic injury and the symptoms of PTSD.

The breakthrough in trauma awareness makes all of us feel far more compassion and empathy for those who suffer silently. I think now of my parents without feelings of anger, resentment and fear. Forgiveness heals the soul, love heals the heart.

Healing is knowing it is not what was wrong with them, it is what happened to loved ones injured in wars and 1st Responders as well.

Honoring my father’s WWII and Korean War US Navy service to America without hesitation and denial, is a blessing to me. I see my father with a healthy perspective.

Dad was a warrior, dedicated to serving his country, with honor and pride.  I can see my mother serving America too, and enduring much during her life as a military spouse and mom. 

I can appreciate and honor veterans of all wars deeply without turning my back because of my own personal experience growing up as a military child.  The best part of my quality of life these days is feeling a peace of mind never experienced before now, and spending my days thinking about making a difference for others. 

Awareness is the first step to healing from the invisible wounds of war and other serious trauma.

The best way to help others is to start the journey of healing yourself if affected from a traumatic experience.  The personal healing is then fueled by making a difference for others through a campaign of awareness. 

This is your time of the year to remember all the heroes in your life who are no longer with us. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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