Today is Memorial Day and most of you are out at barbeques and family gatherings, happy to have a day off of work. I know you are getting a lot of emails today but I felt that some things are worth cluttering your inbox.
I just found this link from the Drudge Report and felt that it should be shared as much as possible. It is a list of US casualties over this seemingly never ending conflict against the war on terror that began on 9/11 of 2001.
The link is here:
Names, faces, and stories appear on these pages, and to me these things matter. It makes me remember that every one of these fallen heroes was someone’s child. Some were also mothers and fathers. They all had lives. They all had stories. They all had families. And they all died keeping the fight with these terrible people over there, instead of in our backyard, where many of us are now having barbecues.
This is Memorial Day. It isn’t about sales on washers and dryers. It isn’t about the beginning of summer, and it isn’t about family gatherings and barbecues.
All the day asks you to do is remember.
This list with pictures and stories helped me to slow down and remember. I hope it will do the same for you.
If you want to do something for military families, I did some research on military charities and the National Military Family Association seems extremely appropriate for the day. The fallen are gone. Their families remain to pick up the pieces. We are living our lives in freedom and peace on their dime. A link to the page on Charity Navigator is here. Over 90% of donations go to program expenses and they are very highly rated.
Thanks as always for being a part of GunsAmerica. Have a great safe Memorial Day, and please take a minute to remember. -ph@ga