Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Tribute

Port Townsend, today. Each Memorial Day, I remember the countless lives that have gone in Harm's Way and never returned.

I remember the fine men and women I served with from 1963 to 1967 in Western Air Rescue Center, at Hamilton AFB California.

In particular, Steve "Pits" Pitsenbarger, who gave his life doing what he loved most, being a flying paramedic.

And Major Harold Salem, who brought Pit's body back from an all night massacre in some long forgotten, god forbidden rice paddy in Viet Nam.

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.
~Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864

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Unknown said...

succinct and poignant- Thank you for a reminder of why we are here and heartfelt gratitude for all service men/women.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thank you! It's always nice to receive support from my Number 1 and Most Important supporter of this Blog!

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