Memorial Day lockdown is upon us and since it is indeed a Memorial Day lockdown, I’ve decide to repost a previous blog entry. This holiday won’t be like previous ones (at all!) but I think the sentiments expressed below have not changed…..
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 on 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? Gratefully, his letters from the war were discovered by yours truly, and after putting them in chronological order and deciphering 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 here…..
So, this Memorial Day weekend, as it should be every Memorial Day weekend, take some time to remember the real reason for the day. Reading a good book on a the subject may be a good way to commemorate. I can recommend one: *wink, wink*
And more importantly, despite the lock down….give thanks.
– Dwayne Epstein