Memorable words for Memorial Day
This is the first Memorial Day day without my grandfather. He passed away in March at the age of 98. To be honest, I’m lucky to even exist. My grandfather joined the Navy in July 1942 and was a First-Class Radio Operator during WWII. He received a purple heart for wounds sustained when a Japanese kamikaze plane sunk his ship off the coast of the Philippines on December 21, 1944. All of his shipmates weren’t as lucky. Over the years, he loved going to his ship reunions and each year the number of attendees got smaller and smaller. He was the last living sailor from the LST 460.
This year, I’ll raise a glass to him and all of the other US Servicemembers who came before and after him, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. In honor of all of those who gave their lives in service of this country, here are some quotes we should all reflect on this Memorial Day…