On Memorial Day, we honor those who have died while serving in our nation's military. I choose to also honor those who risked death and survived, but still carry the scars.
Our freedom isn't free, it was purchased with the blood of those who fought to secure it. Unless I'm much mistaken, we haven't seen the last of such "purchases."
We live in a dangerous world, at the top of the food chain. Our biggest threat is other people, often those who belong to other "tribes" or nations. While an unattractive aspect of humanity, it cannot be denied or wished away.