One of my favorite things in the world is remembering.
Remembering the past, remembering memories, remembering ancestors, remembering details. There are so many good things that come from remembering.
It seems like repeatedly in the Book of Mormon, someone is telling someone else to remember something that’s super important. People are told to remember things like:
the captivity of their fathers
the miracles that they have seen
the covenants they have made
to keep the commandments
the awful state of transgressors
And the list goes on and on.
Remembering, for me, on Memorial day all comes to a head when my family visits the cemetery to put flowers on my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ graves. I love cemeteries because of the history they hold. Every single person buried there has a story to tell, and (usually) people still living today are part of those stories. Memorial day connects the past with the future.
Having worked in archives for the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate remembering the past more. One of the saddest things to me while working at Special Collections was when people donated their relative’s scrapbooks, journals, and photographs without ever taking the time to get to know that person through the precious items that they did have.
Someone once said, “Remembering the past gives power to the future.” I believe this.
Remember where you come from and what sacrifices were made for you. Be grateful.
Remember that you are a part of something bigger–a family that spans generations. Love them.
Remember that there were people out there who were willing to sacrifice their lives to sustain the freedom we usually underappreciate. Appreciate it more.
Happy Memorial Day!