Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

If you're one of those who need reminding, consider yourself lucky, because there are untold millions of Americans, myself included, who can never get it out of our minds: parents, relatives and close friends of the fallen.  To most others, the day is about as meaningful as...last week's episode of "Dancing with the Stars."

It's been almost 50 years since our classmate, my cousin and best friend, Charles Mateer lost his life in Laos, when his helicopter was shot down. ( The official government record lists his death as "an accident."  That's the same Governmen that said for a long time....that he "wasn't even there.")

Charles was flying helicopters for the CIA...under the name of "Air America."

Charles wasn't married, so except for his parents and close relatives....his death was greeted with little more than "Ho Hum."

So, if you would, please remember Charles and say a little prayer for him...on this Memorial Day.



Charles Mateer  1954

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