Happy Memorial Day

June 01, 2010 | Paul Hoke

I owe everyone an apology as I forgot to wish you all a very Happy and safe Memorial Day.  I come from a military family, so Memorial Day means more to me then it does to others.  Religiously, I watch the annual wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the service at Arlington National Cemetery.

Yesterday was no different.

I’m not a democrat, nor am I a fan of the current administration, but I have to say that I enjoyed the speech given by Vice President Biden.  The man’s son was in Iraq.  He knows the meaning of the word sacrifice.  My father served two tours in Vietnam,  my brother was in the United States Navy, my grandfather was on board the USS West Virginia on December 7, 1941 and spent the better part of World War II in the Pacific.  My great-great-great uncle was a Confederate brigadier General during the Civil War, serving under General Robert E. Lee during the Virginia campaign, only to get wounded at Chancellorsville and miss the battle of Gettysburg.  A tablet bears his name on the battlefield because his unit was there.

Anyway, once again, I apologize for submitting this a day late, and that there is nothing to do with sports in this blog, but I always feel it necessary to pass along these blessings when the occasion arises.

I hope everyone’s Memorial Day was safe and happy, and that if you had an opportunity, you thanked a soldier or a veteran.  Without them, none of this would be possible.