I’m glad we have a special day to remember them. But at the same time, we should remember them each and every day. I’m not sure that there is a family in the US that hasn’t been touched by war. It may not be directly, but through a distant relative or friend war has touched their lives.
For me, I have a brother that served in both Korea and Vietnam (several tours) and thankfully returned home safe from both wars. That’s not to say that the conflicts he saw and was a part of disappeared when he came home. He continues to carry those thoughts, feelings and scars with him and always will, as will all soldiers who are fortunate enough to return home from any of the wars.
I have uncles and cousins who fought in various wars and several who died in service to their country. DH was in the Army during the Vietnam War, but thankfully didn’t have to go overseas. Right now I have a good friend who’s great-grandson is in basic training preparing to go to war.
I have a number of good friends who also served in the military, most during Vietnam. One friend who served in Vietnam and has since passed away was one of the few who would talk about his time there. One thing he told me has always stayed with me. He said when he was out on maneuvers the sweetest sound he could hear was the sound of the Hueys coming (they were going to pick him up) and the saddest was them leaving (he was left in the jungle alone or with just a few other soldiers). Every time I hear a helicopter, I think of that and what it must have felt like for him and all the other soldiers as the Hueys flew away. (Click on Hueys and listen to the sound of the helicopter coming and going.)
As much as I wish (and I’m sure many others too) that war was not a part of our lives, it continues to be. Maybe one day we can all live in harmony not only as a nation, but as a world. One can only hope and pray.
I leave you today with two videos because both have a lot to say with their message of photos and music. I hope you have a chance to watch at least one or both at some point and remember to say ‘THANKS’ to a veteran today and everyday. My special ‘THANKS’ to Jerry, Tommy George, Randy, Billy, Mickey, T.D., Herman, Tim, Jadie, Charlie, Richard Jr., and so many more.
The first video features Bryan Adams singing “(Everything I Do) I Do For You” and the second one features Toby Keith singing “American Soldier.”