Memorial Day

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178467_3943721026637_103892176_oWhen I discovered that I was scheduled to write a post today, Memorial Day in the United States, I thought, What do I say? What is an appropriate post? This is a day to honor the fallen soldiers, the men and women who died in combat. It’s different from the US Veterans Day, when we honor all those who serve. Today, we remember those who never came home. Lives cut short, but lived with honor and purpose. What can I possibly say on this day, but thank you, to all those who serve, to those who came home, and to those who did not.


I have not experienced the loss of a family member in combat. I can’t imagine how loved ones cope with such a loss. To those loved ones, I also say thank you. You are in my thoughts today as well.


And, though he did not die in WWII but came home, married my grandmother and lived a long life, today I remember my grandfather, whom I very much miss. Isn’t he handsome?

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3 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    I love the pic of your grandfather. I have a miniature of my grandfather in his British Army uniform. It’s in a locket my grandmother gave me.

  2. Violetta Rand

    Love the picture of your grandfather. I lost an uncle in WWII, never had the honor of meeting him, but I always remember.