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Memorial Day

When boomers or older seniors were young, conscription was a requirement.  Young men could not find a job if they were designated as "1A" in the draft, employers didn't want to hire them until they had done their duty and served in the armed forces.  Consequently, whether it was World War II, Korea, peacetime, Vietnam or the "cold war" with Russia, men of our generation were either drafted or enlisted in one of the branches of the armed forces.  Women, for the most part, stayed home and waited for our men to return home so we could "begin" our lives."

Times have changed.  Today we have a volunteer army -- however, if you're being called back for your third tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, it might not always feel that way.

Whether you have served in the armed forces in time of war or peace, whether you were were on KP duty peeling potatoes or fighting on the front lines, you have been there to protect the United States, our dreams and our values.  Memorial Day Weekend may be the start of the summer vacation season, but more important, it is the day we honor those who died for our country, as well as those who served our country and our way of life.  We don't say it often enough ... THANK YOU!

 

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