4 year old “Marine” visits Dad at Arlington……….Don’t read if weak at heart or soul Both heart warning and heartbreaking.
I hope you all enjoyed the extended Memorial Day weekend. For those of you who had to work, especially first responders, emergency workers, utility workers, and other mission essential people
and the underappreciated and largely unknown
SINGLE PARENTS AND ELDER CARE GIVERS
but I hope you get some bit of rest this week.
In order to fulfill a promise that my mentor and Friend made to himself and other survivors from his 3 tours in Vietnam, we made last minute plans to visit Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC yesterday along with so many Veterans and families of Veterans. John was driven by the reality of age and health conditions and my Sons and I agreed that there was no time like the present to honor that promise.
For the first time since I lost my voice to Cancer awhile ago, I was somehow at peace being around a large gathering of people. Maybe it was the solemnity of the occasion, or I was too lost in my own memories of wars and conflicts to be uncomfortable at such places of honor and respect.
It reminded me and mine of how abundantly blessed we are to live in the freest country in the world. The famous words of John F. Kennedy flowed in my mind and through my soul while in DC as I read the names of many I knew and the countless ones I had never met. We were Brothers from different Mothers who answered the call to do what we were asked to do even while doubting the strategy of those appointed and elected above us in our chains of command.
Was it worth the sacrifice that so many Americans freely made is a question that has haunted many a veteran since the conclusion of that conflict in Vietnam? Had we known how the politicians would use us as pawns in a game that they never expected to win, would we have made the same decisions, sacrifices and risked all? Even when a people volunteer to defend freedom at home and abroad, shouldn’t there actually be a real strategy that any simple patriot be able to understand and support? No matter how you look at it, the Veterans didn’t “lose” in Vietnam, they served honorably, followed orders(no matter how stupid or dangerous the orders were), and “did what they were told to do,” and, if asked, might do it all over again . But then, now, and in the future, shouldn’t they expect politicians to assess the risk and reward before sending even 1 American into harms way anywhere else in the world? After all, aren’t American lives as valuable and worthy of protection as the citizens of any other country, especially in a region where we are not welcomed except by corrupt politicians or “military” leaders? Isn’t it time we dedicated our efforts and our resources to protect our own and FIX OUR OWN DAMN PROBLEMS by teaching and caring for our own future leaders, OUR CHILDREN, while protecting them from harm and Evil, especially on our own streets and neighborhoods. Forget IRAQ, lets’ fix Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, St. Louis and the likes.
How about a Memorial Day for all the children who were aborted out of convenience, not medical necessity or in cases of rape or incest? Not judging, just reflecting about how many Einsteins, Curies, Kings and Mother Theresas never got their chance in life to help others and make it a better place?
Growing older isn’t always a gift or blessing, sometimes it’s uneasy and uncomfortable to reflect back. One thing is Certain, Growing Old isn’t for
May we never forget the sacrifices of so many ever in our lifetimes.