Monday, May 25, 2015
Why Memorial Day is so special to me.
We have a new neighbor - a very nice 19-year-old man who was able to purchase a home, has a nice car, a sweet girlfriend and a very polite step-son. My family and I are happy to have them as neighbors. But I look at him and what he has accomplished and I think of my oldest daughter when she was that age. She had been in Fallujah for a little over two months on that Memorial Day. She was able to call me and I swore I could hear the crack of gunfire over the phone. How different are those two lives. All of those young men who were drafted or chose to enlist for the military, especially in Vietnam. I didn't realize how those boys were mistreated upon their return until my father-in-law told me. That is beyond anything I can imagine.
So this Memorial Day, I will try to keep it in the front of mind, the reason for this day. Thank you to all who made the ultimate sacrifice and all who were willng to do so.