Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day - 2013

WHAT IS THIS HOLIDAY ABOUT?
As we reach the cusp of the Memorial Day holiday today and look forward to three days of recreation and relaxation, I hope you all will take a few minutes to remember just what this day is all about.  You can read the Wikipedia description and history of the holiday HERE.   

HALLOWED GROUND
I visited this place during a visit to Europe many years ago.  It's the American Military Cemetery just a couple kilometers south of Florence, Italy - the final resting place of more than 4,000 American soldiers who died nearby during World War II.  It's a beautiful place - a chunk of the USA - and is meticulously maintained to honor all those men.
STAGGERING NUMBERS
The chart below will give you an idea of how many men and women have given their lives in the defense of our country over the past couple hundred years.  As you scroll down that list it might help you get some perspective as we consider where our young men and women serve and die for us today. One of those is Costa Mesan Jose Angel Garibay, the young Marine who died a decade ago, on March 23, 2003, in Iraq.  Garibay, an illegal alien who hoped for citizenship through his military service, planned a career in law enforcement.  He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery on April 11, 2003 with full military honors, HERE, was awarded posthumous citizenship and was named honorary Costa Mesa policeman by then Police Chief Dave Snowden. 
REMEMBER THEM AND HONOR THEM...
Please take a couple minutes to view this video clip to honor our fallen men and women.  Regardless how you feel about a particular war or police action, the men and women who fought and died in them deserve your respect.





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2 Comments:

Blogger just wondering... said...

Pretty sobering, Geoff.

5/23/2013 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I attended Jose's funeral, Geoff.
I will never forget it.
To Jose and all our fallen servicemen and women,
You will always be remembered.
Thank you for all you gave for our country.

5/24/2013 08:16:00 PM  

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