Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Coming Home

There are pivotal moments in history that raise the question, "Do you remember what you were doing when__________?" Fill in the blank with such events as the Kennedy assassination, the twin tower attack, or if you are old enough, Pearl Harbor. When a traumatic news happens where we were and what we were doing at the time seems to be burned in our memories.

It seems fitting that Walter Cronkite would have died close to the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. His is the voice many remember narrating that milestone lunar adventure. He was a man who was in awe of space travel. He was the man in the moon to me.

The other thing I associate with the Cronkite evening news is his reporting of the Viet Nam war. These past few days have brought back some of those memories as well because we have had six young Minnesotans killed in our wars. Three were National Guards mustered out of our local armory. These young men were in the same unit (The Red Bulls) as a young man who is a member of my church. His fourth son was born days before he was deployed. He has had multiple overseas assignments.

They are heroes who give it all.

With sorrow I salute and thank these fallen soldiers. My daughter in-law's family has a strong Marine legacy over several generations. My grandson has given this career consideration and my heart is guarded about his future and the future of so many who volunteer to defend us. God bless them and keep them.

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