It is American Memorial Day on Monday 27th May to remember and honor those American servicemen who died while defending our country. There are similar events all over the world. In Britain we remember those fallen on the 11th day of the 11th month every year.
As an American I have so many ancestors who have fought and died for our country from the American Revolutionary War to the Civil War. There may be others that I have yet to find. As an American who was brought up in Scotland, I would like to pay tribute to four charming gentleman who I met on my sad trip to Scotland.
I mentioned the descriptive words disconnection, connection, familiarity and alienation in my last post. So contradictory yet accurate. As I walked towards my lunch date with school friends from yesteryear, I encountered various gentlemen in full military regalia. I approached the first two and asked them if I could take their photograph. They looked perplexed but pleased and I explained about my blog.
As I left the second group of servicemen, I thanked them for both their service and the photograph. They looked at me as though I was a very friendly alien. With my little blue passport and my transatlantic twang – that is exactly the right description.
Let us be thankful for all those who have given their lives in defense of their country.