Monday, May 28, 2007
The occasion of this photograph was a Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas City Hall on November 11, 2004. The veteran pictured is Houston James, a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, and the Marine is Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr., a member of an ordinance disposal team who lost his left hand, one leg, and an eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July, 2003.
While we are all out today swimming, cooking out, shopping, and generally relaxing, let us not forget the brave men and women who have served this country well, and the ones who are serving now. Whether we are a supporter of what is going on in Iraq or not, it really does not matter. The fact is, our troops are over there doing what they have been asked to do, and I for one am grateful they are willing to protect our Country. My prayers are with the troops and their families that they come home safely.