I remember watching the Vietnam War as a kid and seeing shooting and blood and bodies—and people were serious. Very serious!
Then years later on the first night of Desert Storm in 1991, while watching CNN the contrast was stunning. I remember thinking, are they reporting on a war, or are they trying to sell me on it? These days the media is problematic as they would rather be first than be right! Endless commentary without much reporting. I’ve always thought that people should get information to make themselves smarter, not just to make themselves feel good and reinforce their viewpoints, but I’ve digressed.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day which commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. It is set aside so that we might reflect on the honor and sacrifice of those who courageously gave their lives to safeguard us and our way of life. Freedom surrounds each of us everyday—as we openly speak our minds, ride motorcycles freely in any city, where worship is feely exercised and where ballots are freely cast to change who will govern this great county.
It is a great county, and let’s take a few minutes today to remind ourselves of the consequences of war and remember the families of our Fallen.
Photo taken by author at Willamette National Cemetery.