The morning has dawned on this day--
Saturday of the long Memorial Day weekend.
It's cloudy outside,
but the showers have stopped and the forecast looks promising.
The TV is on--
our young guests have chosen, not surprisingly, a cartoon.
As we do every year at this time (and others)
my husband and I have talked about them...
the father of a five year old daughter who died during the Civil War--
the young man who left a young widow and his baby during World War II--
the numerous others who have fallen in wars since our nation's founding.
Full of dreams, full of hopes...
Surviving families changed forever by that one horrible moment in time.
"So long as we are not forgotten we do not die..."
"You're his witness now.
Without a witness, they just disappear."
May God be with the many families and friends today who have lost a loved one during war.
May God grant our nation,
and all other nations of the world,
a long lasting peace.
Willamette National Cemetery
Vietnam Living Memorial
Damascus Pioneer Cemetery
St Paul's Catholic Cemetery
'Taking Chance', HBO films, 2009. USA