UPCOMING MEMORIAL TUESDAY 5/30/2017
Dad got to do what he wanted. Jimmy never got to be a mechanic; he ran out of time. He didn't go to college and didn't get any draft deferment. He joined the Marine Corps in lieu of possibly being drafted into the Army.
Dad was only in his 2nd year at the Naval Academy when Jimmy was killed in Vietnam. Dad happened to be home for spring break when Jimmy's funeral was held and he got to attend along with a lot of Jimmy's high school friends. Dad has been to "the wall" a few times
but Jimmy's is the only name he has looked at. He knows lots of the names on the wall but they were all from a military relationship. Jimmy Taurisano was a boyhood friend only 3 months younger than dad and he never made it out of his teenage years. Dad often thinks about Jimmy, but especially each year when he observes Memorial Day. Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring the some that gave all. It is not about politics, it is about remembering those fallen heros, such as James Vincent Taurisano, that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Enjoy your day; your picnic or cook-out, your day at the beach or out on the links. But as you enjoy time with friends, neighbors and family:
Take time to remember the fallen this
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