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Memorial Day, Eric Shinseki

The true meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, Eric Shinseki

Eric Shinseki on taking care of our veterans

I honor the service and sacrifice of all who have served our country, present and past. 

Yesterday, I read this story in Parade Magazine and it has been haunting me. It makes me unspeakably sad to think of sending our most precious treasure – our young men and women – into harm’s way. I know they have volunteered and I know they are providing a critically important service but it seems brutally unfair. Young lives with such potential, cut short – we know they did not shirk from service and we must ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain.

As someone who is passionate about memories, it is imperative that we pause on this day of memory, this Memorial Day, to remember in particular those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a member of our armed forces. And as we remember their sacrifice, we must also remember and honor our commitment to take care of those who served – to help them meet their needs for jobs, food, housing, medical care, and other forms of community support. The current scandal shaking the Veteran’s Administration should serve as a wake-up call for our country that we must put taking care of our veterans at the very top of our priority list. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki, has the right message and must take action to make sure we fulfill this promise.

In honor of Memorial Day, I am making a contribution to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. The center has helped more than 20,000 veterans regain control of their lives through services related to education, employment, support, and housing. What will you do today to honor our veterans?


The Gurvitz family, Mother's Day 1998

Love to all mothers, not just on Mother’s Day – and moms, get in the picture!

Mother’s Day may have been yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that the time has passed to show how you appreciate all the mothers in your life. There are the mothers who gave birth to us and those who raised us. There are aunts and grandmothers who have helped to guide you. There are friends who have been like family to us. There are single dads (and single moms) doing the work of mothers and fathers. There are mothers who have no children of their own but dedicate themselves to playing a role in the lives of other people’s children or of nurturing in other ways. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, after all.

At our Mother’s Day dinner last night, we talked about the fact that it was the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. What does that mean for most people? Well, it often means making a phone call – it is the day when the most phone calls are made in the United States (and that may only count landlines). It may mean buying flowers or sharing a meal or other outing. But most of all I believe it is a day to be grateful for the women (and men) who have had an impact on you becoming the person you are today.

My mother died in early 1999, just before my parents would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. We had my father with us until 2010. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about both of them. I wear my mother’s ring as a constant reminder of her presence, and every day I remember another joke that my father told to make people laugh and feel comfortable. My parents left legacies of strength, wisdom, humor, lasting love, and enlightenment at the end of their lives. For better or for worse, I embody their best and worst tendencies. I am grateful for the good ones and work on minimizing the impact of the ones I am not so grateful for (such as my mother’s temper).

This photo was taken on the last Mother’s Day my family was able to celebrate together – the photo includes my parents, my father’s brother (left), my husband (top), my brother and his wife with their son (on the right) and my daughter. Usually, I am not in the picture but this is the last photo of me with my mother and I am so grateful to have it.

The Gurvitz family, Mother's Day 1998

Mother’s Day with Carol’s family, 1998.

Here is a photo taken representing four generations of my husband’s side of the family: his grandmother, his mother, his wife, and his daughter. Four generations! What a blessing that my husband’s grandmother lived to be a great-grandmother.

Four generations on Mother's Day, 1993

Four generations photograph, 1993.

So Moms, get in the picture! And if you have a wonderful picture from a Mother’s Day celebration, be it from this year or a past one, why not let me showcase it in a collage? Give me a call and let’s talk about giving Mom a tangible reminder of how much your appreciate her.

Mother and daughter

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother and daughter

One of my favorite mother/daughter photos: with my daughter Zoe, 1995.

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

Happy Mother’s Day to all who have nurtured their children and gave them both roots and wing – roots to keep them grounded and wings so that they may soar.

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