Remembering Heroes on Memorial Day

Posted: May 28, 2010 in MILITARY, NEWS
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We found this touching piece by columnist David Whiting in The Orange County Register, and with Memorial Day weekend a mere day away it is certainly a good time as any to think about how we can honor our country’s heroes in our own little way.

For some of us who spent time trying to fight for our heroes’ rights as we took to the streets in support of three Navy SEALs who were subjected to a court martial after succeeding in their mission, we have felt how important it is to express our gratitude to those who willingly put their lives on the line for their country.

David and Sean

The photo of Whiting and his son Sean before the grave of his grandfather was taken at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, where Leo Robert Whiting is interred. Not far from where they were lies the gravestone of another hero whose story many people may already be familiar with: Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor.

The quiet calm of Fort Rosecrans is perhaps the complete opposite of the chaos that the courageous men and women who now lay in peace once had to face in the service of their country. It is the final resting place of 23 Medal of Honor recipients – and about a hundred thousand heroes.

We were struck by a line that Whiting wrote – that sometimes, the meaning of Memorial Day is lost “in the smoke of barbecues;” there were times when we, too, were guilty of not giving more importance to the essence of the day, thinking more about shopping at Memorial Day sales than about those who gave up their lives in the service of their country.

It is, however, never too late to sit back, and remember.



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