It’s a day for a change of pace. On June 11th, 1944, a young man lost his life fighting for this country in WWII. CPL Wellington Humphrey of the 377th parachuted into Normandy, France on D-Day and never made it home. He was 23.
On this day, the Saturday before Memorial Day, I honor the uncle I never got to meet by visiting Riverside National Cemetery to help place flags on each and every grave. And I watch as hundreds of others do the same; male and female, young and old, they come out, gather bundles of flags, and make their way across the vast cemetery. Only when completed does one realize how vast it is, how many men and women have fought for the freedom many take for granted. As many expressed today, freedom isn’t free. It does come with a price.
It was an honor to be a part of this. To those whose graves I was privileged to place flags on, and those thousands more I walked past, I salute you.
In honor of my uncle, CPL Wellington Humphrey, my grandfather, PFC Mayo Humphrey, my father, my step-brother, the members of the Phelps family who fought in many ways, and all who have served, I thank you today, tomorrow and every day on.
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