"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state."--Thomas Jefferson
We no longer have a military draft, but thousands of our men and women volunteer to serve their country, to keep its citizens safe.
Former President Lyndon Johnson declared it a national holiday in May 1966, and this year the USA celebrates it on Monday, May 29th. It is not as happy a holiday as Veteran's Day, where we celebrate our citizens who have served in our military. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
This weekend often includes trips to the beach, hikes through the mountains, gatherings with friends or families, and barbecues. Please take a moment to remember those we have lost. Here are a few who my family salute.
|Joseph Abner Bean died in|
Libby Prison during the Civil War
Lt. David Lee Johnson: Died in WW2
Sgt. Richard Ayers: Died in WW2
Pvt. Gerald Ayers: died in WW2
as well as...
|Our distant cousin who died in Vietnam|
Nancy Lee Badger
p.s. my contemporary military novella