The Tears of a Grateful Nation

By: Sharon Hughes

I’ll never forget, as a young, brand new mom, burying my dad, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. The gun-salute, the bugle playing, the folding of the flag that lay on his coffin, the young soldier handing that flag to me…and the tears.

I’ll never forget the letters from my husband Duane when he was in Viet Nam, telling me of some of his men who had been killed in battle…and crying for them, and with him.

I can’t go to a Memorial Day Service and not be inspired by the stories of valor and courage told…without crying tears of awe.

I can’t pass a military cemetery without the quiet pause that comes from remembering the realities of war and thinking about the sacrifice of so many to secure my freedom…without tears welling up in my eyes.

I am sure it is the same for you.

Today, Memorial Day, is the day a grateful nation remembers, pays tribute to…and, as someone said, “On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a grateful nation.”

While some may write tears off as emotionalism, most of us know that tears, real tears, come from a place deep inside as a response to something held, or lost, of great value.

As my mother-in-law use to say, “If you don’t feel strong enough about something to cry about it, you don’t feel strong enough about it.”

Some of my tears today are for those who don’t really understand what today is all about…who don’t stop to pay tribute…who have never shed a tear of gratefulness for the cost of the freedom secured for them. But I thank God for those who do understand…

“Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for another.” -John 15:13

Sharon Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews & WOMANTalk, and is a broadcast journalist hosting a radio talk show on KDIA AM1640 in the San Francisco Bay Area, on KFNX in Phoenix, AZ and online around the world. Her articles appear in many recognized news sites. She also writes for NewsBusters, a division of The Media Research Center, and has appeared on FOX News and other national radio programs. She is an advocate for our Troops through Operation Heartlift, for At-Risk-Children through Operation ARC and has served on several local, state and national Boards for almost 20 years.


About The Author Sharon Hughes:
Sharon Hughes is the Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews, which includes Operation Heartlift to support our Troops, Operation ARC and outreach to at-risk-children. A radio talk show host out of the San Francisco Bay Area on KDIA AM1640, she has appeared on FOX News and many national radio talk shows, and her column is read on numerous online news sites. Website: Archived Broadcasts: Contact:

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