This Memorial Day, I'll be joining IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans), going silent at noon EDT in memory of the fallen. Later, when we drive up to Tacoma to visit our sweet doggie, Shadow, in the ICU at a veterinary hospital, as we drive past Joint Base Lewis-McChord, I'll be feeling heartfelt appreciation for all the servicemen and women, past and present, who've put themselves in harm's way so the rest of us don't have to. Along with their families, who also sacrifice as they await their safe return home.
Today I'm also thinking of Marine Cpl. Jimmy Floren -- classmate, neighbor, friend. A true American hero, Jimmy was cited for "extraordinary heroism" posthumously receiving the Navy Cross and Purple Heart after sacrificing his life for his fellow Marines and country during the Vietnam War. He was nineteen years old.