This Memorial Day I remember my beloved husband, and our Laura’s father, 1st Lt. James L. Hull, who was killed 47 years ago, while on a combat mission during the Vietnam War. We will never forget him.
We also acknowledge all the men and women who have given their lives, both literally and figuratively, in the defense of our nation through many wars and conflicts. Thankfully, most return home safely. But some will go on to struggle with the ongoing effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), addiction and mental illness, which also places a burden on their loved ones.
We must never forget them and their families, and the sacrifices they’ve made on our behalf. I urge you to help support these veterans as they reintegrate their lives in peace and serenity through your friendships and support through employment opportunities. For those of you suffering, it’s important to know that there is help available which can make a huge difference in getting life back on track.
There’s a beautiful quote from Mark Twain that gives me solace on this special day: “The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? It is the same the angels breathe.”
© Tyra Manning 2018