Veteran’s Day 2012

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” -Jose Narosky

I’ve worked on Veteran’s Day more often than not since I’ve lived in San Diego. Despite that, I always take a moment to thank those that have or are serving our country.

I know that if my Uncle Frank were still alive, he would be at a ceremony somewhere in our hometown honoring our veteran’s. He had a particular spot in his heart for Vietnam Veterans because of the way they were treated when they came back from the war, and the difficulty they had in finding the services they needed to support them long after the war.

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Memorial Day

 

The Gallardo Boys

For those who have lost a loved one, served our country, or who have otherwise been affected, Memorial Day is not about the commercialism of shopping and fireworks. It’s a day filled with honor, sadness, and reverence.

Every Memorial Day that I lived in Michigan was spent visiting the cemetery where my family rests. We took flowers and flags, and knelt at the military marker of my Uncle Eno who was killed in action in WWII.  My Uncle Joe, a WWII veteran, and the man who raised me, always referred to my Uncle as a hero. He gave his life for our country -something I understood even though I wasn’t yet in kindergarten. Even then, I felt the honor, gratitude, and pain.

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