Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day In Laredo

I hadn't posted anything regarding Memorial Day simply because I didn't plan anything in advance (story of my life).  And I thought that posting something on this little blog would seem a bit disingenuous.  It would be like putting a yellow ribbon decal on my car and convincing myself that I had done my parts for the troops.

The contributions of those who have served in the military are not lost on me.  Like most people, I can personalize the day's significance.  I can draw from the experience of several family members who have sacrificed greatly for their country.  My father-in-law served in Korea; my father served in Vietnam; my brother-in-law served in the first Gulf War and recently did a stint in Afghanistan; and lastly, my cousin's son has been in Afghanistan for about three weeks. 

I'm proud of these men for their efforts.  But any attempt to recognize their struggles, I think, would not carry the weight that these brave men deserve.  The proper tribute would not resonate greatly from the comfort of my chair.

I'll leave the photo ops for the politicians.  For those who are close to me, I'll try to honor their service the best I can.

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