My pal, and a commenter here, OWB, captured a thing that has eluded me.
There are people who come into our lives who quietly have a positive impact upon us. If we are lucky, we realize it before it is too late to thank them.
Such a person was Sharon. While not a veteran herself, she became something of a mama bear to many of us. She married a veteran, a buddy of mine, and for her unfailing support of him I am extremely grateful. But beyond that, she was herself a great patriot. I have no doubt that without her troupe of veterans she would still have contributed to the strength of this country in many positive ways. She did just that and still supported the veteran community.
We lost our mama bear Sharon this week. Suddenly. She was there one moment and gone the next. It’s not something for which any of us was prepared.
One thing that OWB left out is that Sharon stood with us during GoE and her husband was one of the prime movers. Like most of us involved she was determined that younger vets didn’t get the welcome we did.
A coupla weeks ago a Marine ‘Nam vet passed away. He had been a friend here for years.
Getting reminded of one’s mortality isn’t really my point, although that hints at it.
Although we’ve watched the WWI generation depart, and noted the passing of those vets who survived WWII and the Korean War we ‘Nam vets are now of THAT generation.
Please forgive the rambling. Although it is a VERY trivial thing compared to the loss suffered by the families involved it is an eye opener. and just maybe worthy of some small note here.