Today is Tuesday here in Taiwan, but in the USA, its still Memorial Day. Most Americans’ three day weekend is almost over, and it’s back to work for them. I really wanted to talk about some other things today, but I was reminded through Facebook that today is May the 27th in America. I feel, instead of talking about art, business or something else, I should be writing about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is about honoring soldiers who fought for what they believed in. Everyone knows that, right? It’s not a day for outdoor cooking, boating or any other recreation or holiday. It just happens that these are just a few of the activities that we do during this time. I know we all find time to visit the resting sites of those who gave their life to keep our life safe. I spent 20 years right along aside of many those heroes. Some of them are retired like me while others shorten their stay for some other pursuit in life. Finally, there are those who never made it home they way they had left it. Fallen heroes we call them. Some of them signed up because they had no choice sometimes. Maybe they needed work to provide for their families or they were forced to serve because of some kind of punishment for things they have done in their lives. A few joined because they wanted to finish college or maybe just to start college. Others joined to “see the world” or fantasize in Rambo like activities. There are a few men and women who join because they believe serving their country, their family and their freedom knowing that it was not given but earned. In the end, most of the men and women, who join the service and stayed in long enough, recognized a more meaningful truth in the service they are providing for their country. With that great discovery, some of them give up their life to provide that service. For all the men and women all over the world that know what I am talking about and are providing that service now, I salute you! And Be Safe!
AKA SFC Ken Freeman