Memorial Day 2010

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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7 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Airport agents have the ability, at their discretion, to issue a pass to allow a family member through security to accompany a ticketed passenger. Likely what happened there. Think of an unaccompanied minor, they will do that for parents.

    The other option is to buy a fully refundable ticket, go through security, and then not take the flight and get a refund.

  2. April Henry says:

    Thank you for honoring our military people. My husband has been to Iraq once and may have to go overseas again before he retires. I worry about it sometimes, but try not to cross bridges before I get to them. My perspective has changed, just being a part of his life. It matters that others recognize and respect their sacrifices.

  3. Easycure says:

    I was in the military (Air Force) during the Cold War and was fully aware that nuclear weapons aimed directly at the desk I worked. The men and women in the military today face a far worse threat; terrorist attack that can come at you from any angle, at any place, anywhere. War has changed, and it’s uglier. And it will be the longest one of them all. Maybe it’s endless.

    That said, the men and women in today’s military completely understand that and would love for you to thoroughly enjoy a weekend BBQ today. Every day. Otherwise, their work, sacrifices, and ultimately, their lives, will have been wasted. Yes, the deaths of war are a great cost; but if we don’t enjoy the freedoms protected because of their sacrifices, we’re doomed.

  4. Thanks for the story. It was so right on the money. I know your children will grow up fully understanding what this holiday is for thanks to you and Michelle, and they will grow up in the “new” world we have had since 9-11 with a different set of eye than we had at their age, and I’m sorry for that. Innocence was lost that day and since then we are reminded all to often that freedom comes at a high price.

  5. Dr. Chako says:

    I remember September 10, 2001 as a pretty nice day 😉

    I never get tired of hearing people say good things about the military. I was proud to serve for as long as I did and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. As an aside, we were organizing our garage for a sale we’re having next week, and I found a bunch of my military gear. My youngest put on my beret and was “playing” Army. I’d be very proud if either or both of my sons goes in to the service, but I hope they do it of their own free will. If they do join, I hope it’s the Air Force.

    Don’t tell anyone I said that.


  6. pokerpeaker says:


    ‘Nuff said.

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