Memorial Day 2012

On Friday I stopped at Costco to pick up a few cases of bottled water for the campaign staff and while in the line at the checkout counter happened to overhear an exasperated husband complaining to his wife about a holiday cookout for which they were doing the necessary shopping. The cart was loaded with all the stuff you would expect to find at a large backyard barbecue: hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips – the whole nine yards. As the husband wheeled the cart toward the exit he turned to his wife and said, “Next year we’ll do Memorial Day at your brother’s house. This thing cost me an arm and a leg.”

What he said hit me like an anvil. The man was speaking figuratively, but the words could just as easily have been spoken by a Marine who literally DID lose an arm and a leg in Iraq or Afghanistan and those words would carry infinitely more significance because the sacrifice our warriors make when they lose arms, legs, eyes and their own lives is the true cost of Memorial Day.

On behalf of the Larsen for Congress campaign, I extend my deepest gratitude to those currently in the military service of our country and the veterans who served before them.

We can never fully repay the sacrifice made by so many for us and for our children, but we can and we will thank them and remember them in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and protect all the members of our Armed Forces and may God continue to bless America.