Monday, May 30, 2005
On Saturday YW, along with a few thousand other scouts and parents, placed flags by all the graves in the Golden Gate National Cemetery. We were in a section with lots of WWII graves. Another Cub and Dad were with us as we went down the line. The Dad was reading the markers (digression: I don't think he's read much history) and marvelled at how the last three graves in a row we passed had been boys/men that died at 18. Hank's quote of the day: "It take's a lot of 18 year olds to win a war." On the way out of the cemetery YW and I were taking turns reading the names on the markers. One pair of adjacent graves was of two brothers, one died in 1943 and the other 1944. It's no Saving Private Ryan, but it choked me up to read those two names.
And for those of you following along at home, YW is no longer wearing his orange Tiger Cub hat and neckerchief. He's been promoted and is now working on earning his Wolf patch.
Links to this post: