Memorial Day 2003

On Monday, May 26, 2003 I decided for the first time in my life to actually get up off of my duff on Memorial Day and pay tribute to the people who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country.  It is not that I have not always appreciated those people.  I served my country with distinction for six years, which is substantially more than most of my friends have donated.  Last year, on Memorial Day weekend, my best friend from the Army, Chuck Yurko, died peacefully in his sleep at the ripe, old age of 46, leaving behind a wonderful wife and daughter.  It is also out of love and respect for his memory that I vow to remember that Memorial Day is more than just an excuse to have a day off from work and fire up the grill.

 

Following are pictures I took at the Memorial Day ceremony

held in Marietta, Georgia at the Marietta National Cemetery.  

Click on a "thumbnail" below to see the full-sized picture

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The Keynote Speaker, General Ray Davis (USMC, Retired), recipient of the Medal of Honor,

flanked by a general and a colonel from the American Legion.

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