Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Memorial Day
I hope everyone is having an enjoyable kick off to the summer season and that the weather is cooperating for you.
I'd also like to pause for a moment to reflect on the reason for this holiday -- to remember those who have served for our country. My own father was a WWII veteran and my grandfather re-upped to help in that effort. I recently read a book written by a quasi-family member (my brother's first wife's sister's daughter's husband if you can follow that). He joined the National Guard at 17 and served in Iraq at 19, all inspired by the attack on 9/11. For me, the epitome of today's young soldier is indeed Ryan Smithson. His book, Ghosts of War, was an amazing effort and really told the story of war from a different perspective.
I'd rather a world without wars. But that seems unlikely. Bless the men and women who serve our country.