It was after lunch, and, if I were to guess, my second-grade class was doing phonics exercises when our principal, Sister Mary Vaughan, announced over the P.A. system that President Kennedy had been shot, and would we all please stop our work and pray for him?
For the most part they are places where family and friends can remember lost loved ones, but some cemeteries move from simply being places of remembra...
Of the thousands of family members I worked with, what I found most surprising, and affecting, was their trust.
An Air Force veteran could only say to me today, finding it almost impossible: "You'd better be sure who you're voting for." His eyes were filled with tears.
Let us remember not only America's war dead. Let us redouble our efforts to care for those veterans who have returned home in the hopes of having productive and meaningful lives.
The Department of Defense has approved a groundbreaking study examining the unique grieving process of survivors. Maybe this is a positive step toward building a stronger military community and a stronger nation as a whole.
With over two million active and reserve personnel currently in our Armed Forces and over 22 million veterans, it is more important than ever to let them know we support them. What are you doing to be M.A.D. this Veterans Day?
My uncle spoke with wonder of the massive aerial response at Normandy that saved him and his men. "At times, there were so many planes in the sky you couldn't see the sky. You could see them forming from all directions into one pattern. And that's how we got off the beach, darlin."
Though many don't realize it, "no man left behind" is much more than an expression. The U.S. military genuinely does all it can to recover soldiers from all conflicts, and for more than a decade, I've had the privilege of contributing to cases pertaining to WWI, WWII, Korea and Southeast Asia.
We remember how far we've come to have the ordinary join this date again. And we bear witness largely by living intentional lives, created anew from the rubble.
Unless you have a family member who is in the service, or live in a community near a base, it is all too easy to ignore the human cost and trauma of war.
Team Ken is the group of people who meet every Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the life of 1st Lieutenant Kenneth Ballard, who was killed in action May 30, 2004 in Najaf, Iraq at the age of 26.
Today the country's flag will fly at half-staff throughout the State of Illinois to honor a hero from the Vietnam conflict -- George Duncan Macdonald.
Standing on that hillside beside Kennedy's grave and having a remarkable view of Washington D.C. something struck me. I had lived to see the degradation of the American presidency and with it the decline of America.
There were several pebbles on top of the headstones of the Apollo 1 crewmembers, and on top of Roger Chaffee's, there was also a coin. At first I thought it was just a quarter, but as I got closer, I recognized it as something else.
I left flowers at both of the shuttle monuments, as well as at each of the individual graves of the three Columbia crew members who were buried behind there -- Michael Anderson, Laurel Clark, and David Brown.