Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
As many of you know, my mom, Lynda Van Devanter Buckley, served as an Army nurse in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970. She passed away in 2002 from complications from a disease she contracted because of her exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Agent Orange was often called “The Silent Killer” because so many veterans have died years after their time of service because of their exposure to the chemical.
I could go on and on and I won’t get on a soapbox… but this is really all just to say how passionate I am about honoring our veterans, honoring those who have served our country ,and those who have lost their lives serving our country. But especially, I don’t want us to forget the veterans who lost their lives serving our country – but may not have lost their lives while in battle. So many veterans have given their lives years after their time of service and those veterans should be remembered, too.
And, somewhat poetically, tomorrow would have been my mother’s 67th birthday.
Today I’m honoring my mother’s memory, her service to our country, and all of the other amazing men and women who have done so much for our freedom. I’m enjoying this day with my family over some burgers and laughs.
What are you doing today? I hope you have a great holiday with your families and friends!
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