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REMEMBER: Those who gave all

| May 24, 2020 1:00 AM

Memorial Day is a day we remember those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we have come to take for granted but for days like Memorial Day.

A day to stop and consider people who served in the military we have known who have left us with an indelible memory. At a time in history when the term “hero” is applied casually to those who have served, tend to shy away from the reference.

As a Vietnam veteran, I did not serve to become idolized or vilified but because I felt an obligation to defend the opportunities I enjoyed for generations to come. Not all who served were motivated by such values, but we served and in serving risked all. When some found ways to avoid service, we served.

In Vietnam risk was present everyday, though greater for infantry, artillery and combat engineers. We did not think about risk each moment, but the risk was there. Many of us would have chosen to be elsewhere, but we served and we lost friends. When we came home, some of us were called “baby killers,” ironically by people who probably now support Roe v. Wade.

We remember our fallen friends who gave all. Our nation affords all opportunity. As we remember loved ones and friends who gave all, let us be diligent and aware of those who would take away the rights loved ones died to defend.