We have just passed a Memorial Day in which we remembered the many men and women who gave their lives in defense of the USA. We have celebrated the 67th anniversary of the landing at Normandy and I have often found it difficult to put in words why these brave souls put their lives on the lines on June 6, 1944, knowing full well they were likely to end up with a permanent home in Europe under a white cross. I recently read the following that might suffice:

“They do not serve in the U. S. Armed Forces for personal recognition or glory. They do it because deep in their granite souls they feel a slight shiver when they see Old Glory fluttering above them on the parade square. The hairs on the back of their necks stand up when these men hear the national anthem of the United States. When the president walks to the strains of a U. S military band’s “Hail to the Chief”, there’s a moment of solemnity for each and every one of them – for our president, our country, and what our country has meant to the world and the many people who never had a chance without America.”

Recently Osama bin Laden was brought to justice by a team of Navy SEALs. I was interested in how quickly that story faded from the headlines, just like the SEALs faded from sight in the aftermath, with little fanfare. But have you ever wondered who the SEALs really are? Being a former Navy guy, I thought I had a good idea. However, I just finished reading a book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Lutterell and I now realize that I had no idea what a Navy SEAL really is!

I highly recommend that each of you read this book. It is one of those rare great reads, a true story, that you cannot put down. It will give you an interesting perspective about a lot of things going on in Afghanistan and you will discover what a SEAL really is. And in the process, you will shed a few tears. Just a great book.


Henry H. Lowndes, Jr.

Posted 9:28 AM

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