A friend of my dear departed son wrote this in a Facebook post, hoping to remind us all of the sacrifice made by many on our behalf that is well worthy of our remembering:
""On this Memorial Day weekend, I would like to pause and think of all of my friends and colleagues both civilian and military, as well as their families who serve and served our country. Heroism has many faces. And some people paid the ultimate price after their service due to conditions they experienced while serving. Let's not forget about them on this Memorial Day especially when we look around in our
own community and see those who struggle. Many of our homeless are veterans. We often forget about the fact that we are in the longest war we have ever been in in Afghanistan and that our diplomats work in some of the scariest country on Earth. Men and women put their lives on the line for us every single day in military bases, as well as embassies and consulates. Thank you for all you do, I'm so humbled to know so many amazing public servants. You are what makes our country great."
Ebru was there; she knows.
Having spent time these past nine months immersed regularly in the bloodbath known as Antietam for a forthcoming book, I almost feel I know -- though I truly cannot. I can only imagine. Combat is horrifying. Civil War combat certainly was.
Thank you to all who have and will place their lives at risk so that I may be free.