Scooter, my new old dog, has been rather puny of late. No fever. Nose cool and moist. But oh my God! Hours of panting, pacing, groaning, and moaning. Two trips to the vet and meds for pain and anxiety. They help but only temporarily. If only he could talk.
Meanwhile, yours truly is a bleary eyed basket case with only two nights of continuous sleep in nearly three weeks. Blood sugar - and probably pressure - elevated, a super sluggish brain and a near catatonic state. Worst of all, I just volunteered for the Obama campaign and I can't even punch numbers into the phone much less put two coherent sentences together. Damn, I'm a fracking mess!
I want to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. While celebrating, please take a few minutes to remember what it's all about.
Korean War Memorial
POW/MIA War Memorial, Washington D.C.
Prisoner of War Memorial Monument
POW Memorial at Kinkaseki (Japan)
Vietnam Wall, Washington D.C.
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines
Florence American Cemetary
125,000 American soldiers are buried in 22 cemeteries overseas and 94,000 more names are commemorated on Walls of the Missing. Hallowed Ground, produced by PBS in 2009, was the first major documentary made about these shrines.
Each cemetery contains tales of courage and unselfish service to comrades and country. Some of the fallen profiled in the program are well known: the poet Joyce Kilmer, the bandleader Glenn Miller, the five Sullivan Brothers, General George S. Patton. But most were ordinary men and women caught up in the calamity of war.
These military cemeteries also personify American diversity, and the program includes portraits of some of the many African-American, Hispanic-American, Japanese-American, Native-American, and Anglo-Americans who are buried in them.
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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate
our heroes and she-roes!