Too young, too old, medically unfit, shielded by peace, to understand Memorial Day
Veterans of Bastogne, Khe Sanh and the Anbar Province understand. The rest of us — too young, too old, ineligible for induction, shielded by peace — don’t have a clue. Would we trade places with the men and women who fight and too often pay the ultimate sacrifice? Memorial Day is for them, not us. Or is it?
Perhaps you’ve heard war stories from loved ones. It is not unusual for veterans to minimize the unbelievable for our benefit: “My grandfather never talked about WW II.” “My father was in Vietnam. That’s all I know.” “My husband fought in Iraq but won’t discuss what happened there.”