In a little cemetery in Fairmont, West Virginia there are headstones for a number of Van Gilder men who served in the U.S. military, going back to the Revolutionary War. I had the opportunity to go that cemetery two years ago for a reunion — my father’s family – and I was amazed to see so many military men noted. I felt both awed and thrilled to be in such company.
While I may not hold with killing and really wish there was some other way to handle global conflicts than war, there is something noble and stirring about the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
So I take this time to thank them for their service and remember all the military men and women in our family, both living and dead.