As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, what comes to your mind?
- The beginning of summer
- Graduation time
- A three day weekend
- Honoring our troops
The most recent military action involves Iraq and Afghanistan. My good friend Lorraine's son Michael is serving in the Navy and has been in Iraq several times now.
In my teenage years, Vietnam was the war that impacted my generation. I still remember Timmy Shelton of Lindenhurst, New York who died in that war. His parents had a sign on their front lawn for all to see and I noticed it everytime I went to my friend Robyn's house. It was so sad.
My brother Steve enlisted in the Navy back in 1970. My cousin Ken was in the Army and spent much time in Vietnam. Thankfully, both of them came home.
My parents grew up during the time of World War II.
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to view the HBO 10 part miniseries called "The Pacific". It was produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. They followed the stories of three United States Marines during WWII in the Pacific.
It was eye opening for me as I'd only heard the names of many of the places where the Marines fought including Peleliu, Guadalcanal and Okinowa. But The Pacific drew me in quickly as I followed the true stories of the servicemen and their families. (I wanted to add a caveat. This mini-series contains some strong language and is graphic in parts. I wouldn't recommend that children watch this.)
I dislike war but I realize that there are times when it may be necessary.
My heart goes out to the families who have loved ones serving in the military today. However, I am so thankful for them too.
Take a moment to see the preview of this amazing mini-series called "The Pacific".
As you celebrate Memorial Day, would you remember those who lost their lives in service to our country?
Blessings and love,