Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

Memorial Day's relationship with the current war is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's a good thing that the country is remembering that Memorial Day is a time for honoring our nations soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who gave their lives in service to their country and it is not just about picnics, trips to the beach, and furniture sales. On the other hand, it sucks to be remembering the fresh sacrifices of those in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
Serving in a peactime force is hard enough, but these people really have given the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live free.
If you see a veteran, thank him or her for their service (I ran into a Korean War vet yesterday). And when you are hoisting a beer at the BBQ today, toast to those who gave everything in defense of liberty.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.
update: SF Alphageek points out that the families of the fallen bear a special and lasting burden. Toast to them, too.