Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

It is good to put your life into perspective.

Three of our fiends are buried at Arlington.

 This was the father of one of my husband's closest friends.  He was an amazing influence on his entire family---and the men who rescued him and brought him to the US.
 Stephen was just fun. We spent many hours with him at "Advanced Course" with the Army playing RISK until all hours of the morning. The last time I saw him was on a metro platform while taking my class to Washington DC May before Sept 11. He was in the Pentagon when the planes hit.
Aaron was just a kid. He played soldier with my son on the compounds of Saudi Arabia that we lived on. He was attending the Citadel as a reservist when his company was called out.  He had the option to not go- since he was in his senior year- but chose to go anyway.  He was killed in a fire fight.

No  grave marker for my Great Uncle Evans.  His ship was shot out from under him in the Pacific. He had been directing gunfire from the deck and was one of the last to leave even though he was seriously injured in the firefight early on.

My father in law served on the Enola Gay.
Before the bird flew they were taken to meet the troops who
were about to invade Japan.
He said the estimates of casualties were well into the millions.
He never spoke of his service, until he knew it unclassified fifty years after the fact.
We found a few pictures of him.

No picture of my brother  in law's grave. Ron was in Vietnam as a door gunner for a medical helicopter. If you watch the movies, the door gunner had to decide when to leave a hot zone and who to leave behind. He never spoke of his experiences, but lived with them until he died ten years ago. We are pretty sure the weird cancer he passed away from was caused by Agent Orange.

On this Memorial Day we remember those who gave their lives in our service. Most of the men in my life, who were the most important to my shaping, served. One day of remembrance is simply not enough.

1 comment:

Tom Sightings said...

Amid our first-of-summer weekend, thanks for the reminder.