I want to express my respects for all those who have died while serving our country. I am sorrowful for those who mourn them. wish we could put down our swords and beat them into ploughshares and go to war no more, ever.

*my brother wrote to tell me that this was Veterans Day, not Memorial Day, and of course he is right. A senior moment on my part. Both days feel the same to me. A day to remember and honor those who serve and a day to remember those who lost their lives.