Monday, May 26, 2008

In Memoriam

Memorial Day, a holiday to honor all those who served in the military, and are serving now. We honor all who have served our country both in war and in peace. We think of those who are currently serving in harm's way to keep us safe.

This is the first Memorial Day since 1999 that I have not listened to the Memorial Day radio broadcast that has been re-broadcast annually since 1999 to honor veterans of the Vietnam War as I return to work in Minnesota. The broadcast, LZ Reflections, has reflections of veterans' experiences and names those soldiers from Upper Michigan and Northern Wisconsin who lost their lives and are listed on The Wall. Each time I listen to it, it still brings me to tears. All the promise of those young lives lost, remembering them on Memorial Day just doesn't seem enough. They should have had more time, more life. My son's best friend should have been able to know the uncle he was named for.

Since I'm not traveling this holiday weekend, I thought I'd see what I could find online. And it was there - LZ Reflections. Listen.