A very happy Memorial Day to one and all. Tropical Storm Beryl is giving Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia real wind and rain but here in Tallahassee it appears that we are just to the west of the edge of the storm. Bright sunshine is filtering through the windows of my home right now (while drafting this post, however, the clouds have moved in -- Jacksonville radar explains why -- and back out, and back in, etc.):
But hey, it's Memorial Day and I'm in the mood to offer this U.S. Army photo that captures (my personal political differences nothwithstanding) the majesty (and I mean that -- majesty!) that absolutely is America:
The President and Commander-in-Chief along with, I presume, the commanding general of the Military District of Washington. Moments like this never fail to move me.
I re-tweeted this morning this quote from an Army website: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” - Joseph Campbell. It's in that spirit that I salute all of my fellow veterans who have worn the uniform of the United States of America but especially those who not only answered the call but gave their lives.
I'm going to close with some photos from Arlington National Cemetery and the Army's "Old Guard" -- for many, myself included (I have an older brother that served in the Public Affairs Office of the Old Guard), the perpetual public face of Memorial Day: