I ran 10K barefoot this morning. There were many runners.
Hundreds of police officers in heavy gear were there to keep order and act if something had gone wrong.
Thousands of soldiers are at the ready around the world in preparation for even bigger issues we hope will never happen.
Millions of soldiers died or were wounded when bigger issues did happen, and which still are happening.
Those who served included my grandfather, my uncle, and many friends. And there was everyone else's grandfathers, uncles and friends whom I never knew. Ad now there are wives, sisters and aunts in the mix as well as husbands, fathers and brother.
We hope that humans will find better ways to solve problems without war and armed conflict. But until then, we hope that the sacrifices of our protectors will be enough to keep the peace, that we might continue to enjoy such luxuries as running barefoot on Memorial Day.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOUR SACRIFICE AND YOU STRENGTH