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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Some believe the worst tragedy that can befall a soldier is not to be injured or killed...but to be forgotten.

Today's solemn yet inspirational Memorial Day service, held on the planks of Pismo Beach Pier amidst stunning blue skies and pounding waves, honored our armed forces. While flags rippled in the wind and families played  freely in the surf and turf below on this celebrated three-day weekend, the procession on the pier paid homage to past, present and future veterans. 

Highlights included honoring local World War II vets; one who served as a U.S. Army nurse and helped survivors of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany. An American flag that accompanied U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was ceremoniously placed in tribute on the pier. Veterans fired a three-volley rifle salute and three of the shell casings from their chattering discharge were then placed in a folded American flag—representing duty, honor, country. A veteran read Bill Rose's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and later played a recorded bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace. I doubt there was a dry eye on the pier. 

This is the first year I can ever remember that I've attended a Memorial Day service. Perhaps it won't be the last. Today as I think about my personal freedoms, I remember who came and went before me so that I can stand on my own accord. I remember Rose's words: 

I am the Unknown Soldier
And maybe I died in vain,
But if I were alive and my country called,
I'd do it all over again.

Pismo Beach, U.S.A.

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