Sunday, May 01, 2005

Day 118 - A picture says a 1000 words

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The occasion of this photograph was a Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas City Hall on 11 November 2004. The veteran pictured is Houston James, a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and the Marine is Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr., a member of an ordnance-disposal team who lost his left hand, one leg, and an eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July 2003.


I know that I appreciate the sacrifice of the military so much more because of what I have gone through with Al. But, I really feel that only one Veteran can really fully relate to another Veteran about the ultimate sacrifice that it takes to be in the military. I was listening to a survivor of Blackhawk Down on the radio in Birmingham this week - Keni Thomas - who is now the lead singer for the band, "Cornbread" - and he said that he didn't know why he felt compelled to become to become an Army Ranger when the first Gulf War hit - other than that his dad had been a Ranger - and that he just felt like he needed to do it.

Thank you to all the men and women in all times and in all places who have "felt like they needed to do it" -- we who are free are forever in your debt.

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