Perhaps Memorial Day seems like a time to put flags on old headstones and remember our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. It’s not. It’s about remembering the sacrifice made by very young men to preserve our country. Day by day, year after year, we send young men into harm’s way and not all of them come back. Here’s one of the most recent ones.
“Sgt. Edwin Rivera, 28, of Waterford, Conn., died May 25 at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained May 20 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire at Contingency Outpost Xio Haq, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry, Norwalk, Conn. He is survived by his parents, his wife and two children.”
We cannot repay their service, we cannot do or say anything to ease the loss to their families, all we can do is remember.
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.