Recently I have been doing some work on my geneology, and this had led me to reflect on the men in my family, and how often their lives were marked by war... and their service in military during these great times of conflict becomes a singular identifying moment in their lives.............
My husband fought in the Vietnam War, in a war he did not believe in;
My father fought in WW II, and took part in the liberation of one of the concentration camps, a moment he said he would always be haunted by;
My mother's father, my grandfather, also fought in WW II;
My 2nd great-grandfather was a Civil War soldier;
My 4th great grandfather fought in the War of 1812;
and My 5tth great-grandfather fought in the US Revolutionary War.
It humbles me to see so many of my ancestors called into battle; I am proud of their bravery and fortitude, but simultaneously am deeply saddened by the relentless use of physical conflict to solve problems in our world.
I watched President Obama lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, and I prayed that our incoming president will not lead us into a situation that will result in another great conflict.
Please, let us no more send our sons and daughters into battle.