Monday, May 25, 2009
For my brothers
You were drafted or you enlisted. You had your reasons. Everything that happened after that, no matter what your experience was, required you to be braver than I've ever been, braver than I'll ever be. I honor your valour, every one of you.
Today I remember especially my brothers who served during the Vietnam War: finally I'm learning more about that war, trying hard to imagine what it was like for you. At the time, we watched on television and were horrified. I was not able to feel compassion for your situations. I apologize sincerely for that.
May all of you, from every time, from every place (not just the U.S.) and from every war, rest in peace.
What is remembered, lives.