How this Memorial Day is a little bit different

This week, we lost yet another vet to the Vietnam Nam war. Yes, you read that correctly. The Vietnam Nam War.

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In the wee hours of Friday morning, May 24, this soldier surrendered his last courageous breath, with the love and comfort of his dear wife by his side.

War, it knows no end.

His family watched him wither down from a strong and able man to a frozen, frail, quiet shell. Stilled, but not by choice. Agent Orange stole his last years.

PSP. Progressive supranuclear palsy. A degenerative disease involving the gradual deterioration and death of portions of the brain.

I wouldn’t wish such horror on anyone. A shonda (shame).

And like the Marine he was, he was strong, stoic, stalwart, and brave to the very end.

Yiddish Proverb:

A shekter sholem iz beser vi a guter krig. A bad peace is better than a good war. 

This Memorial Day, I am especially aware of how war, it affects us all.  The wives, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, children…

There is another Yiddish saying we should all think about as we poke at each other with such capricious hostilities. It translates to something I truly believe to be true:

If one soldier knew what the other thinks, there would be no war.  

Rest In Peace, Captain Joseph T. Drennan III, United States Marine Corps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “How this Memorial Day is a little bit different

  1. We so loved him! We are sending you all love and hugs during this most difficult time. The world will never be the same without him in it,

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  2. Rest in peace marine, and thank you for your sacrifice to make my world better. Hubster lost his stepfather to Agent Orange related cancers. Sometimes I wonder how many civilians realize the true cost of their freedom – do they realize how many military people suffer in the later years from things that were used in warfare? Thank you for sharing this post, I hope it helps to remind us all of the brave men and women who served and the reason we continue to defend human rights today. #ABitOfEverything

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather. And I am sorry for Hubster. I don’t think many people realize all of the repercussions of war. Mental illness, cancer, illness, addictions. What price freedom. #abitofeverything

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      1. That is a beautiful saying and so very true. Its quite stange that I’m reading this post as a program about the 75th commemoration of the D Day landing is on my telly. The debt we owe to those brave men and boys can never really be repaid, but we can strive to always remember them, long after they have passed.

        #abitofeverything

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  3. Very sad! I so believe in how you summed it up if one knew how the other thought or felt there would be no war! Just so sad Lisa, i have no words. #ABloggingGoodTime

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