Last Updated May 31, 2010 10:00 AM EDT
I write about our family's very personal experience of war twice a year: on Veteran's Day and on Memorial Day. I do so to remind those who are not directly affected by wars, that behind the reporting, the stories and the numbers, lie real people with families who will never be the same again.
This is our beloved nephew, who bravely entered the Marine Corps after graduating from Annapolis in 2006. 1st Lieutenant Michael L. LiCalzi USMC died on May 11, 2006 in Anbar Provence, Iraq, six weeks into his first tour of duty.
We are but one family--there are countless others who struggle with loss and pride on Memorial Day and every other day of the year. That said, please for a moment remember our fallen soldiers today. Maybe that means attending your town's parade or thanking a soldier who served or even just bowing your head for a moment to honor all of the brave souls who gave so much.