Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. It is the day we set aside to remember and honor those who lost their lives in service to our nation, and to recall that we owe our own lives and freedom to them and their sacrifice.
If I still lived in Manchester, I would visit Victory Park and pay my respects at the monument to Rene Gagnon. Gagnon, a native of Manchester, was one of the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima in the famous World War II photo, and one corner of the park holds a memorial in his honor. I’ve discussed this before, in both written and photographic form.
Instead, I believe I will spend some quiet time in contemplation of the tremendous debt we owe those countless men and women — and remembering that their gift is not for us to keep, but to preserve and pass on to future generations. Each generation that benefits from their sacrifice accepts it with the obligation to not let it end.