This week I have had the honor and privilege of listening first hand to veterans, young and old, talk candidly and from the heart about their experiences while serving this great country and while defending the freedoms that we often take for granted.
Some of the stories were echoes of the past, as I remember reading a newspaper article of my Great-Grandmother who had five sons serving in our military at the same time during WWII. I can only imagine both her pride and her angst, as her sons, one by one, went off to war to fight and die for this country. Many of the stories from my Dad who served during the Korean conflict and later stories from my uncles, who served during the Vietnam war, were left mostly untold because the many of the events they endured were too painful to discuss.
Yesterday, I witnessed a dear friend discuss one of his first assignments to the Honor Guard during the 1970’s at Arlington Cemetery at the height of the Vietnam war. At the young age of eighteen, he and his fellow guard members conducted as many as five funerals a day for fallen soldiers whose remains were returning to the United States in mind numbing numbers. I listened and watched as he trembled and emotionally recalled the protests of that era and disrespect shown by many of our citizens to the soldiers returning from war. Hopefully, the tides have changed for the better and we, as a nation, can unite behind our veterans and support them, knowing that the battles they fight are often not of their choosing.
Please join me and the entire group of attorneys and staff at Tatlow, Gump, Faiella and Wheelan, LLC, as we salute and honor the courageous veterans of the past and those serving today–those men and women who are willing to put their lives and their family’s lives on the line to protect our country and our way of life. Let their selfless acts serve not only as a shining example of patriotism and bravery, but also of inspiration. Let their stories inspire us as we overcome difficulties and endure our own personal tragedies.