Memorial Day weekend is upon us and to most folks it means backyard BBQs, big box sales events, picnics and the traditional start of the summer. It also means something else. It means honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. That sacrifice was not only made on the battlefield. I have come to learn while working Lee Marvin Point Blank that every single person who ever saw combat was wounded in one way or another and the result was a traumatized existence. Whether it was Agent Orange, PTSD, alcoholism, or rampant suicide, clearly, not all wounds were the result of combat. One example is Lee Marvin, who died at the premature age of 63.
Thanks to the extreme sacrifice of others, I was lucky enough to never have had that experience. Of course, that raised the question of how could I write about it, as it was a defining factor in Lee Marvin’s life? Luckily, his letters from the war survived, and after putting them in chronological order and decipherng their content, I was able to let Lee Marvin write that chapter in his own words…As it should be.
Several members of the BSOL (Bastard Sons of Lee) visited his grave site at Arlington a few years back and decided to leave the appropriate tribute seen above…..
So, this Memorial Da weekend, as it should be every Memorial Day weekend, take some time to remember the real reason for the day. And give thanks.
– Dwayne Epstein