Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day May 30th, 2010

Memorial Day weekend is always one of deep mixed emotions for that is what is intended. If our beloved country was fortunate enough to be at a time of peace, it would still be a weekend of deep emotions--

Our history of war goes back hundreds of years, the Revolutionary War, Spanish American War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam War, War on Terror in Iraq & Afghanistan. These tragic wars, have forever been topic of current news media, history classes & topical books & film. Never ending, or at a loss for new chapters to be included.

We respect & honor all that our Military men & women have given, & continue to give--

War does have a face & a name, for the citizens of Connecticut we have the name of Edwin Rivera Infantry Sgt., resident of Waterford, & with the Ct. National Guard Unit based in New Haven. Sgt. Rivera leaves behind his wife, two young children & his parents, he died this past Tuesday 5/25/10 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. from wounds he received in a fire fight in Afghanistan, on May 20th.

This is a true reality of war.

As we share in the tragic loss of Sgt. Rivera, & feel what we know is earth wrenching pain for his family, we pray for an end to this, & all wars.


{The photos included in this posting are of Arlington National Cemetery. Every American is encouraged to make a trip to our National Cemetery which is so beautiful, sad, yet awe inspiring, painting a very serious picture of our past & present, the true cost of war.}

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