US Memorial Day
And also, here's a topic on Hot Air about Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, a war hero who served in Afghanistan, and an article written by his mother in the NY Post:
Three years ago, we replaced our original Blue Star banner with a Gold Star one, indicating an immediate family member who’d died in the service of this nation. My husband and I also wear Gold Star lapel pins, presented to each of us (as well as to our seven surviving children) at Rob’s funeral.Miller is one of many war heroes we should all remember and honor.
With some 5,500 soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen killed in action since 2001, the number of Gold Star families may seem small. To that total, however, America must add the parents, husbands, wives, siblings and children of those who lost loved ones in Vietnam and previous wars.
Wars may recede from the front pages to the history books, but no matter how far back the loss, the ache of a Gold Star family never goes away.
Unfortunately, people seem afraid of the best way to honor our fallen — simply asking the family to share their story. In our case, the knowledge that Rob acted with extraordinary heroism in his final minutes helped tremendously in easing our grief. Yet a misguided sensitivity about our loss seems to leave people afraid to even bring it up.
If only they knew the comfort that a polite inquiry could bring.