Today is Monday, Memorial Day and all over the world our soldiers, sailers, airmen and marines sleep beneath their crosses and it is a challenge to us, the living to ensure that they have not died in vain! This post is in honor of my dad and his two brothers who were killed on opposite sides of the world. Paul Edward Owens, KIA, July 7, 1944 after the Normandy invasion, better known as D-Day, and Robert Allen Owens, KIA, November 1, 1943, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the hunter/killer destroyer, DD827, USS Robert A. Owens.
I will not speak about the glorious dead because there is not much glory in getting killed if you are in your late teens or early twenties. I will not romanticize their passing, but will remember that the day I have now is because of their sacrifice!
There is a British memorial in Burma from WW II that captures the sentiment of Americans which says “When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today!”
So, as you attend the picnics, the gatherings and the other festivities, tell others of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who are sacrificing their today’s to make your tomorrows possible!
This is cricket signing off!