Monday, May 28, 2012
Happy Memorial Day
Seth: "I would say, of course, remember the troops and take the time to explain to your children why we have the day and how it affects our freedom. It is the very reason we are allowed to celebrate our holidays because of all the troops who fought for us. Both those who made it back and those who did not. In these political times, be sure to remember that those people in uniform fight for our country - regardless of who is the president or in congress."
Jim: "When I was in elementary school in 1970, nickel plated bracelets by the tens of thousands were sold, each having the name of a prisoner of war or someone MIA - missing in action in the war in Vietnam. I had a bracelet with the name of Major Owen Skinner, Date of Loss 12 December 1970. I wore that bracelet, and wore it and wore it. When some agreements were made later and some POWs came home, I kept looking for Major Skinner. He never came home. His plane was lost over Laos and his remains have never been found. But I think of him; and his family, and his friends, and his comrades. To this day, on Memorial Day, I pull that rusted bracelet from my bottom drawer and give thanks to Major Skinner, and those like him who fought for us and gave the ultimate sacrifice."