This is another piece from the archives. The commentary was first released for Memorial Day 2012. I re-issue the piece semi-annually — in May for Memorial Day and in November for Veterans’ Day. The piece is as written with only minor edits. In a few years, I will update the graph.
With the Iraq War over and a draw down in US forces in Afghanistan under discussion, and deep cuts planned for the military, I fear many Americans in time will forget the sacrifices made by the men and women from all walks of life who rallied around the flag in the days, weeks, months and years after the September 11th attack.
To them, and, to those who served before, this is my salute to their service, bravery and devotion.
Click here to read my tribute, 20140522 The Thin Gray Line