|Capt Kumar Misra|
On Saturday, 11 December 2010 at 9 am, 2d Lt David Dunham, 2d Lt Pat Bitz and I attended the “Wreaths Across America” event at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. It was an outstanding event that I plan to participate in annually for the rest of my life; I recommend the same for each and every one of you too. The motto of it is “Remember, Honor and Teach”. It is profoundly simple, yet just as profoundly important a slogan. I believe that it is our civic responsibility as Americans to uphold this concept. Sadly, often we as Americans forget and take for granted that the day-to-day liberties and freedoms we have, came with incredible sacrifice against some of the most remarkable stresses of human peril which history has ever known. While there are numerous movies that tell the narrative about our past military battles, no one more than “Band of Brothers” do I recommend to be used for instructive purposes related to this. Here is more information about “Wreaths Across America” -- http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
|2d Lt Dunham|
It was impressive to see veterans from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and others in attendance. While there were only approximately 100-150 in total attendance, the spirit of whom and what they represented was extremely palpable; loved ones, widows, and others touched deeply upon the service of those who gave it all so we and future generations could be free.
Back to the slogan –
Honor: By attending “Wreaths Across America” and spreading the word about it, we pay both honor and homage to these fallen soldiers and veterans. It is important that we never miss attending and we thank our veterans for their service and deeply personal sacrifices. It is time well spent to personally thank each veteran and active duty member of our service that we come across in our lives, and it is nothing short of our duty to do so.
The entire ceremony was touching, factually accurate, and concise – All done within 1.5 hours. All the words in the world can never describe it; please attend in future and you will be glad you did.
Captain Anuruddh Kumar Misra is SQ188's Health Services Officer.
Images courtesy of Capt Kumar Misra and Capt Kenneth Sturgill II.