Salute to Vets 2011-11-11

Oh, you think you're hardened and steeled for anything. Kleenex alert, indeed! Then, the moment of the first bit of applause, uncontrollable lacrymation. Well done. The drama sneaks up on you. Of course, you didn't take Bob's warning and had to use your sleeve. And by you, of course, I mean me.

It's been a long time since I was in high school watching on TV as our returning Nam vets got spit on and cursed at, but I can't forget and all the more appreciate for the contrast how they are honored now. (Alas that their war seems to be going much the same.)

We just had two locals not come home alive, nineteen-year-old Spc. Sarina Butcher, of Checotah, the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier killed during wartime, and 26-year-old Sgt. Christopher Gailey, of Ochelata, funeral here today. (Patriot Guard is on patrol; threat of Westboro slime.)
Spc Butcher (KJRH)
Sgt Gailey (E-E)

[Hi, Polination. I've had a busy couple of months. Nice to be getting back to Grudges & all.]