Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Most of us know people who have served in the military in the past, present or future.  Memorial Day is a US holiday on which we remember those who have died while serving the US in the military.  Many other nations have similar holidays.  Although most of us have never directly experienced a war, there are wars occurring every day, every year somewhere on our planet.  Sometimes I wonder, “Haven’t we evolved enough to not have wars?”  No.  Evolution, modernization and progression are not guarantees of peace.  There are a wide variety of societies, governments, extremists, ideologies and cultures in this world.  As such, there will always be differences, some of which are fought about and against.

Today, think about those who have served your country.  Many have lost their lives.  Many others, although living, are mentally and/or physically scarred forever.  Thousands of families a year are irreparably changed with the loss or injury of a parent, spouse, child or sibling.  My thoughts today in particular are with a friend of ours, who lost his only son two years ago in Afghanistan.

Thank you, veterans, past, present and future!  We owe you more than we can ever repay.


  1. Military is our 'family business', both fathers, my spouse, brother, brother in law, four nephews and two nieces.....I for one wish there was no war.

  2. I think about that same thing. How have we not evolved beyond this shit yet? But then I see the adversarial ego at work everywhere. It's present at work and at home and when you go to the supermarket. And as long as it exists there will still be war.

  3. Oh crap. I can't believe I forgot to call my dad yesterday and thank him. Shit. Well I can call him now. Sigh...

  4. Very thoughtful post! We really do owe more than we can ever repay!

  5. You made some great points. It made me think about countries we've been at war with during my lifetime.. Isn't it funny that all of them have not progressed to the level we have even at the time? Hmmmm.. Have to love and support our military though! I was a military brat, too.


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