Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

 Once again here in the United States, Memorial Day rolls around . Memorial Day is meant to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Most of you regulars know , I am a transgender veteran. A fortunate one in that I survived a very ugly, unpopular and destructive conflict known as the Vietnam War. I have friends who didn't survive  or returned with psychical/mental scars which never healed. 

I always try to mention too, the inordinate amount of transgender veterans  who served in their closets while attempting to reclaim their masculine gender status. When I see the number of graves and crosses spotlighted in media news shows on Memorial Day, I wonder how many of them took their gender secrets with them to their graves. 

What really upsets me too are the number of people who see Memorial Day as just another day off to BBQ and not spend just a minute to remember those who served and lost their lives. 

Without them, we would all be lost.

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad you survived, and thanks for your service! I put my flag up at sunrise today (perhaps, I should have sounded revelry with my old trumpet, as well :))

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  2. I too am one of those Nam vets that hid in the closet while hoping that that nasty war would end my self imposed imprisonment. It took a long time and many tears to finally get to where I am today, just taking it one day at a time.

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    1. Thanks for your service! Hopefully, as you take it one day at a time, your journey becomes easier!

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