May 25, 2012 by David Gillaspie
From the archive of Lauren Jessup
Thank veterans for their service and take a knee on Memorial Day; before then, add more to your American memory.
Do it by walking into a war memorial and reading a few names; invoke their service and their war.
‘They died fighting,’ you say to yourself, and you’re right.
They fought with guns and bombs and planes and rockets. They used gas and flames and sticks and stones.
As a last resort, they wrestled it out. Maybe there’s a knife, like the match in Saving Private Ryan. That guy lost, but you still win wars with wrestlers.
This is a tribute to all Americans in uniform, not a comparison of lethal attacks, but it’s still good to remember babies kick and punch in the womb; they learn to wrestle later.
Look back on teams you’ve been one, or look around you if you’re on one now, and know it’s a bunch of guys that are capable, very capable.
These are the guys you’d row across the Delaware River with.
Who else would you rather go to Gettysburg with?
Who else would you want to jump out of a trench in France with, or twenty-six years later run up the Iwo Jima beaches with?
These are the guys you’d march to the Yangtze River, or float the Mekong Delta with.
That’s America from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam.
You have my permission to copy this and add your war memories.
–Pfc David Gillaspie, US Army