Transcending Tragedy - A Call for a National Service Memorial
The landscapes of cities and towns around the world are filled with memorials for soldiers who have died while serving their country. As we honor our fallen soldiers, I wonder: why not also honor those who died while doing community service.
Why should there not be a national monument honoring those who gave their lives in service to the world, not only through the military, but through the service programs that exist in our high schools, colleges, congregations and country?
A location could be identified; it wouldn’t have to be in Washington DC. Maybe it could be hosted at a university or large national non-profit or some other place where it would be taken seriously.
Every year a list of names could be engraved in the monument while a simultaneous memorial service was held.
Families would be asked to create story boards, so as to capture, share and honor the powerful yet unfinished stories of the lives that have been lost.
The community of people that the memorials would convene would offer opportunities for support, fellowship and innovation.
Rev. Dr. King wrote that everybody could be great because everyone can serve. Those who give their last full measure of devotion through their service work should be recognized and remembered accordingly.