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Mother of Nicholas L. Ziolkowski
Every year at this time I run the gamut of emotions. It’s Spring, the weather holds great promise, I see lush green when I look outside..
…then I think, every year, that the leaves are never fully on the trees until Nick’s birthday, April 21.
It’s not that I need a reminder like Memorial Day or Spring, even, to think about Nick. I thought about him and his brother every day when they were growing up.
But now that Nick (Cpl. Nicholas L. Ziolkowski, USMC) is dead—KIA, Fallujah 2004—those thoughts are tinged with sadness.
I thought, like so many of my generation, that after Vietnam we could not have another such war. I blame President Bush and his cronies for Nick’s death. I am angry, and I am frustrated.
How much longer can our country withstand the abuses perpetrated upon it by our government?
I think back to the year 2000. Certainly, things weren’t perfect, but we had the respect of other nations, we were hopeful as we faced a new millennium, the economy was showing signs of problems but still stable, and Nick was still alive.
On Memorial Day, my heart goes out to the increasing number of families who have lost loved ones, and I recommit myself to trying to make life better for those vets who survived.
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