Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by
outside circumstances.
[Mahatma Gandhi]

1968

Memorial Day has its origins with the American Civil War. Each generation, in the intervening 150 years, has had its own war, and has had to seek its own peace. For me, peace is the operative word.

I study a lot of history, especially about the growth and development of the United States. Most of those histories are about one war or another. I have gleaned the opinion that wars are caused by arrogance, greed, tunnel vision/bigotry and just plain meanness. I abhor war. I’m also not too keen about the people who rush headlong into war.

On Memorial Day, I honor not only the people we have lost because of war, but also the people we have found. The photo above shows my best Navy buddy.

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