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A Time of Reflection

May 30, 2019

This past Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to see “The Moving Wall.” It was set up on the Village Green in our town. The wall is a half-size version of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and it tours the country. You can read more about it here.

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I was surprised by how I reacted when I saw the wall. It brought back memories of the late sixties when there were many protests going on – both peaceful and violent. It was a time when the Selective Service used lottery numbers to determine which men of draft age would be called to duty. My brother had a number, and we prayed he would never be called.

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Young men, many of whom had never been far from home, found themselves in a country filled with the unknown. Danger was everywhere. Besides the enemy, there were monsoon rains, insects, dense jungle foliage, heat, humidity, and the horrors of combat. It felt like an endless war – an unpopular war that did not end well.

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Looking at “The Moving Wall” brought sadness to my heart. It was a quiet, reflective time, as I thought of all those young people who left home to fulfill their duty to their country but never returned.

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“Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.” –Colonel David Hackworth

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Remembering Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

May 24, 2018

 

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“Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’ a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.” ~Pete Hegseth

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“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats and terror.” ~Michael N. Castle

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“On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There
also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.” ~ Eric Burdon

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On Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. Take time to remember and honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country to protect our freedom.

 

Memorial Day

May 27, 2011

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” — William Havard

Celebrate Memorial Day with freedom and peace.


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