Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

I don't remember the gentleman's name...

He was one of almost 100 WWII veterans that left Raleigh-Durham Airport

early one morning a couple years ago...

I was humbled to be in their presence for the Triangle Flight Of Honor.

A day in our nation's capital, including a visit to the WWII Memorial.

His escort had stepped away briefly.

I captured the moment.

I wondered, "What is he thinking? What is he seeing in his mind's eye?

What is he smelling, hearing and feeling?"

I imagined he had gone back in time. Perhaps to a firefight at The Bulge.

Maybe to a pitch black jump over Normandy.

 Or the steaming jungles of the Pacific.

I had an overwhelming sense that was recalling his teammates.

His friends. His brothers-in-arms.

The ones that didn't make it back.

His heroes...

I may not remember his name...

But I will always remember this image.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends..."

John 15:13


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