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Remember Their Sacrifice

Before you fire up the grill or head to the pool this weekend, please stop and say a prayer. Remember why you have this three-day weekend. Thousands of men and women have given their lives in service of our country. Memorial Day is our time to honor their sacrifice.

As you say your prayer, please make special note of Capt. Mark P. Graziano. He was killed yesterday during a training mission at Edwards AFB. I did not know him personally, but I know about his mission. He was in Test Pilot School. Seventeen years ago my husband was an Air Force captain in test pilot school. For these elite aviators it is a dream come true to sit on the cutting edge of flying technology and see what these machines can do. They are willing to take risks in order to push the envelope of our technological capabilities. The training to become a test pilot is intense and arduous.

My husband is past the point of actually flying test missions. They leave that for the younger guys and gals. I know he still looks longingly at those amazing flying machines. I said a lot of prayers and kept a lot of candles lit back in the day.

Do enjoy your three-day weekend. Just know that it came at a price.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Rosemary Bogdan said…
Lord, have mercy on the soul of Capt. Graziano. May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted.
Barb, sfo said…
May Capt. Graziano rest in peace.

Yes, our freedom to enjoy this weekend does come at a price. The guys in our family have already commemorated that: the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts placed flags on all the veterans' graves in the local cemetery. Usually the Cubs do not do this but my husband thought it would be good for the little boys to participate and to know what this day is all about.

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