Monday, May 27, 2013


Most of us live very soft lives. That's not to say that this life is easy, it's not. Every day we deal with the challenges of earning a living, raising a family, growing relationships, and fighting through the things that make us weak to find the things that make us strong. But we do so in a society and culture that allows us the privilege to do so in relative peace.

There are many reasons that the men and women who serve in our armed forces do so. Regardless of their motivations they provide for us a shield against those who mean us harm. They answer the call and go to places that few of us can imagine and they serve in ways that challenge the human spirit.

And some never come home.

This Memorial Day I pause to honor the sacrifice of all our fallen soldier, sailors, marines and airmen. In particular:

LT Robert R. Duncan, USN, MIA August 29, 1968; KIA North Vietnam October 22, 1975
Johnny Michael Spann, CIA, KIA Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, November 21, 2001
CDR Keith E. Taylor, USN, KIA Baghdad, Iraq, January 29, 2005

May god bless them all and the families and friends that they have left behind.