Memorial Day Reading: Closure
As we enjoy our families this Memorial Day, many families are missing their loved ones. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, stationed across the states or across the globe, many deployed to less-than-friendly areas, all away from their families.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the memory of the veterans who gave their lives in defense of our country. We often take this day to thank veterans and current military and, though it's appreciated, those individuals are quick to defer the honor on to those who have gone before us.
James Woodard, a photographer for Full Disc Aviation, lost his brother in Afghanistan in 2009 to an attack by insurgents. His story is about closure.
Woodard found himself at an air show last year, and he found himself with an opportunity to honor his late brother. What he didn't expect to find was closure, but it hit him like a ton of bricks.
I encourage you to take the 10 minutes or so to read Woodard's story and try to imagine the feelings he describes.
There are families who go through these feelings every day. Families that are missing their loved ones who have been KIA or are MIA, the latter being worse for many because of the lack of closure.
I hope that you take a moment this Memorial Day to read Woodard's story, and also take a moment to remember the fallen.