In rememberance of and gratitude for those who have served our country. Tom's military service was extremely important to him. He is buried at Fort Snelling National Military Cemetary about 15 minutes from the house. (You may click on the picture to enlarge it.)
Tom served in the Air Force as a navigator/bombadier - he flew high reconnaissance over what was then the Soviet Union. He spent four years in Japan from 1958-1962. He still had his military ID card in his wallet when he died in 2004.
Tom was furious at the what was happening in Iraq in 2004. He would be livid were he still alive. He knew sacrificing our young people to the political agenda was and is immoral. However, this is not a day to debate about the war.
This weekend, we honor those who have served and those who have given their lives for our country. I have the deepest appreciation and respect for our troops and for those who have died in the service of the United States.
There are other casualties of this war. May those who are grieving the loss of their son, daughter, spouse, parent find comfort and solace. I honor those who have perished and those who have given so much.