Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Next Generation

Marble bricks memorializing Peachtree City’s fallen service members. Local veterans are laying the new bricks in the city library’s park in preparation for Memorial Day.

I used to think of veterans as old guys that hung out at the VFW remembering days and friends long gone by; men that emerged every Memorial Day carrying the flag at the front of the local parade. These men aren’t quite so old any more. Sadly we have a new generation of foreign war veterans; every bit as somber and injured; twenty-somethings with young families. Men and women are again bound together by common hardships, just like those that preceded them.

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