This Memorial Day is poignant for me, being so far from home. But I’m thinking about all those who have served and are serving our country.
It was as pretty a day as you could hope for – blue skies, a breeze that kept the flags waving, peonies in full bloom. My cousin who served in Viet Nam and his wife joined us. Veterans listed on the memorial dated to the Civil War. I was glad to see so many of my family's friends and neighbors come for the tribute.
This month, we’ve been visiting Italian cemeteries. We’ve seen many memorials to Italy’s soldiers who died in WWI. Today we saw our first memorial to soldiers who died in WWII. I felt a momentary conflict. Did these men take up arms against the Allies?
And then I realized it didn’t matter. These men left family behind. They didn’t live a full life. They died trying to ensure others could live.
It is Memorial Day. We remember them all.