While most of America enjoys this holiday with family and friends BBQ in the back yard there are an entire generation reflecting on our past and the friends that are no longer with us. I try and not get to somber on this day but celebrate the life that I have because they do not have that ability. I have a choice, to be upset and depressed of the enormous amount of loss our community has suffered or celebrate the men that they were and how important they were to me. I choose to remember them and draw strength from each of their characters.
For you to truly understand what Memorial Day is for the GWOT Veteran I would like you to watch this video and imagine that you knew 80% of the names on there. Most people will lose maybe one person in there life due to a tragic event. For our generation we have lost hundreds of our brothers in the span of 10 years. But, we pick ourselves up dust ourselves off and dive on using their knowledge, courage, and friendship to continue to fuel our fight to the finish line.