For our readers, today is a day that is especially important to me personally because:
- I am the son of an Army Ranger, Master Sergeant Michael J. Keating, who was a Bronze Star recipient for his service in the Korean War.
- I grew up during the Vietnam War, saw the worry on my parents face and the toll it took on our troops and their families.
- I have been touched by the loss of war in 2005 when my neighbor Lance Corporal Lawrence R. Philippon bravely gave his life serving the Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- I have seen the brave men and women serving since 2003, some losing their lives, some gravely injured and others wounded mentally.
I do believe we have the proper focus and respect as a country today for those that have bravely volunteered to protect our freedoms and to defend those in the world who simply cannot do so themselves…our country seems to have made it a point to say “Thank You”!
If you are so moved, donate to one or two A-rated charities that help our Vets that did not lose their lives in battle, but they struggle readjusting to life after serious, life-altering injuries.
The last Monday in May, set aside by a nation to remember those that have died protecting that nation. The quote, video and charities all make sense today just like they do each and every day of the year.
A Quote to Remember
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.