I was very fortunate in that I served in the United States Navy for 22 years and the worst I ever got was sprained ankles from participating in sporting events. The closest I came to a casualty was an acquaintance who passed during a liberty incident in Australia. So for me to wax eloquent on the subject of the real meaning of Memorial Day -- I honestly cannot do them justice, but I would like to try.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I am naive in my view of America. I believe that it is an experiment in living within the rule of law and allowing the people to dictate how their government runs. We must be doing something right because many fight to get here. The experiment is still evolving, but there would not even be an experiment if it wasn't for the brave souls who have served, and the braver still who gave their lives in the line of duty -- keeping America free.
It just came to mind that we are approaching the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway in just one week, which means that the vast majority of World War II survivors are approaching their 90th Birthday. It's been said many times before, but we need to take the time to recognize the few remaining veterans of World War II and very soon Korea. THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE!!!
If you get time, catch what I consider to be one of the better shows that airs. It will be on tonight at 8PM on the West Coast on PBS!
Before you start with the MLB triple-header, the BBQ, the pool, or whatever, PLEASE take the time on Monday to think about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Perhaps even attend a parade or service.
My one final honor to those who have fallen:
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!