I have been trying to find a way to succinctly convey my feelings toward Veterans Day. Distinguishing my dismay for the conflicts in which our nation is currently involved and the respect and empathy for the men and women who serve in the armed forces is difficult. So instead of some tired diatribe, I have chosen to let the chillingly beautiful work of Billy Joel do the talking.
Joel wrote this song as a tribute to the friends and fellow soldiers he lost in Vietnam.
Happy Veterans day. Remember those who have fallen with fondness, regardless of what you think of the conflicts, whether past and present.