Monday, May 31, 2010


05.31.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Flags released and at attention stand guard over the graves of fallen soldiers. This one day of the year, the spotlight is on those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. Memorial Day offers a chance to reflect on the reasons those men and women made that forfeiture.

It is interesting to note that the military has always been a 'rite of passage' for some - many who signed up to serve in conflicts did so 'underage' with forged documents. How can those at 17 or 18 years old even understand the meaning of sacrifice? And yet, they make that commitment, brandishing courage, every day. Somehow, our belated thanks for keeping our country safe seems inadequate. Naples Memorial Garden, Naples, FL

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