Memorial Day

Jonathan
Jediddiah

Memorial Day. We Americans have much for which to be thankful. On December 8, 1941, my mother was in church on the island of Guam. Guam is on the other side of the International dateline so December 8 was their Pearl Harbor Day. Her family rushed her out of church when the Japanese invasion began. She spent the rest of the war under Japanese occupation, until the men of the 3rd Marine Division and the 77th Infantry Division liberated the island.

I know that I can never repay the debt that I, my family and every American owes to those brave men and all of the brave men and women who have served our country and won the freedom we enjoy. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice in this cause.

But today, on memorial day, I am proud that my two oldest sons have volunteered to serve their country on active duty in the United States Navy and Army.

One of them is preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pray for our troops.