Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Constant Reminder

I was watching the news about Iraq and I started thinking about Vietnam. I wore a POW bracelet all through high school. I began wondering if something similar would be available today to show our support. The simplicity of the bracelets make them beautiful, but the underlying sadness that they represent is a constant reminder of the sacrifice that is being made daily by our troops. My soldier never came home from Vietnam. I checked the paper daily for his name and eventually returned my bracelet to his family. It is a memory that has stayed with me all of these years. And now at 50, I am again wearing a POW bracelet. I never thought that I would see this again in my lifetime. I look down at that bracelet with tremendous sadness because I know that this brave solider made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Many brave men and women have given their lives for the freedoms that we cherish today. We should never forget their sacrifice. This is what the bracelet represents, and this is why I will always wear it.

Thank you.

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