Today I will be driving back from the LuckyGunner shoot. I was fortunate in my 9 years of military service in that I was never in any danger that was not caused by my own stupidity. Others were not so lucky. Today we remember those who didn’t come home.
On military bases they will raise the flag this morning and lower it to half staff. Then at noon they will begin firing a slow 21 gun salute, 1 shot every minute. The last shot sounds at 12:20pm, and the flag will be raised smartly to full staff for the rest of the day.
That always struck me as just exactly right. Of course we mourn the loss of so many. But we also celebrate what they bought. We are free, the pains of war rarely affect us directly, and we are free to do as we please.
It’s a good place they have died to protect. I’m glad to live here.