Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Rather than solemnly reflecting upon the true meaning of the holiday, most Americans spend the day with family and friends celebrating the unofficial arrival of summer. Those who have lost family members in battle have a vastly different perspective than those who have not. Iced Earth’s “Ghost Of Freedom” offers an eye-opening look at the struggle that a son deals with after losing his father in battle.
The song was released around the time that I tragically lost my father, so it has always hit close to home for me. His death did not occur while serving his country, however, the struggle to understand his loss has allowed me to relate to “Ghost Of Freedom” in a very meaningful way.
My father passed away over a decade ago, but I think of him several times a day as I raise my own children.
On Memorial Day, I do think about those who gave their lives protecting the freedom that I enjoy, but my thoughts are mostly about my father, who loved the summer more than anyone else that I have ever known.
Please take a few minutes to watch the “Ghost Of Freedom” video below to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day…