Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

This Memorial Day Holiday  is meant to remind Americans to honor their military heroes, many of them who "sacrificed all" for their country.

But I don't believe most of our generation need "reminding.  Out tender, formative years were during World War Two...when most men we ever saw were wearing uniforms, including our fathers, if we were lucky enough to see them during furloughs.

Charles Mateer  1954

Personally, I'm "reminded" almost every day; especially on this day, May 30.  That was the day in 1961 when my cousin, best friend, and classmate, Charles Mateer was killed fighting for our country in Laos.

Rest in Peace, Charles.

And my God Bless America.  

Ed Myers, Kathryn Myers, Charles Mateer  1942

We who are left, how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too the sun and rain?

-Wilfred Wilson Gibson