Yesterday’s Memorial Day Observance at Green Hills Memorial Park in R.P.V. California, was personally moving. The over cast sky, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Flag Raising with accompanying songs, the Presentation of Memorial Wreaths accompanied by the 21 Gun Salute and “Taps”, the White Dove Release accompanied by the Missing Man Formation, the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall, and the speech by Kimberly Mitchell—a Vietnamese born woman raised in the United States who served 17 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer—all overwhelmed my senses.
It was difficult not to cry as our men and woman in the armed forces—past and present—were remembered. I was surrounded by veterans from WWII to those who served in Afghanistan. I felt very small in their presence because of the type of people they are. They take an oath to uphold the Constitution and if need be, they pay for it with their lives. I can never repay such commitment. What I can say is thank you for your resolve, it’s not in vain.