Next Monday is Memorial Day. For lots of us it means grilled food and maybe a beer or two. (Make mine non-alcoholic please.) It is the beginning of summertime activities and all that they bring. But for many of us it is also a time to remember those service members who gave their last full measure for our country.
As a Navy corpsman, I took care of many men injured in conflicts ranging from WWII to Korea and the conflict in Vietnam that was ongoing while I was serving. These men would often talk quietly of their buddies that did not make it back with them. While I did not see combat, I have seen how it has affected those who did. I suspect they may enjoy next Monday as a holiday, but it will likely be more somber to them.
To those of you who served, I wish you all the best. For the rest of those who didn’t serve, enjoy the holiday and take a moment to remember those who left their lives in the field — for their brothers in arms, and for our freedom to celebrate this and every holiday.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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