What is too Important to Forget About Memorial Day

I was pondering this afternoon about what Memorial Day means to me. For a lot of folks, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are essentially indiscernible…even redundant.  But Memorial Day is not just about service, it is about ultimate sacrifice; remembering those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. On this weekend, we celebrateContinue reading “What is too Important to Forget About Memorial Day”

Vietnam and the Marlboro Man

  Vietnam and the Marlboro Man (Collinsville, Illinois circa 2013)   I officiated at a funeral today.  I did not know this family but they had visited Christ Church a couple of times.  The deceased was a Vietnam veteran who had his life stolen by cancer far too soon.  The funeral home was packed likeContinue reading “Vietnam and the Marlboro Man”

The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade

The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013) Officiating the funerals of veterans is not uncommon for me.  Over the past fifteen years, I have buried over one hundred World War II veterans but that river has now slowed to a trickle.  What sociologists call “The Greatest Generation” is almost gone.  These were quietContinue reading “The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade”