This is a weekend when we picnic. A weekend where we take our first little trips of the summer. Or peruse the local sales. For most of us, this weekend represents the first peek at the lazy days of summer, of barbecues, of days at the beach, vacation. But for some, it is a time to remember loved ones who sacrifice so the rest of us can burn a day at the grill, drink in hand. But today is a day that we can reflect about the brave folks who are putting themselves on the line for us, maybe offer up a little prayer for them. Today we can think about the friends and neighbors here in Alameda who are among the 4,000 soldiers we have lost.
Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Boyles, 24, was just weeks away from returning home for the birth of his son when his Humvee was hit by an explosion in Iraq’s Anbar province on Sept. 24, 2004. He had been slated to come home earlier but called his wife, Prabha, just two days before he died, saying he was being kept on to complete a “special mission.”
Army Sgt. 1st Class Merideth Howard, 52, died Sept. 8, 2006 when her Humvee was hit by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan. The reservist, who was assigned to the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion in Fort Bragg, N.C., left behind a husband, Hugh Hvolboll.
A list of Memorial Day events, including a ceremony on the USS Hornet at 1 p.m. today, is here.