This weekend we saw the Eyes Wide Open exhibit in Grant Park in Chicago. For each of the 3,445 soldiers killed in Iraq, there is a pair of boots with their name attached. It is a very powerful reminder of the sacrifice of life given in the War in Iraq. And, in larger part, a reminder of the sacrifice in other wars to protect our freedoms.
After seeing this display in the afternoon, a commercial I saw that night caught my attention: Go to www.amillionthanks.org and see how you and/or your kids can send letters to the military to say thanks.
My friend has this quote posted on her Memorial Day blog and I “borrowed” it to use here:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”–Ronald Reagan