This weekend will be the tenth Memorial Day where he won't be thinking about barbecues. Next month will be the tenth Father's Day with an empty chair at the dinner table.
That is what Memorial Day is about.
There are many Christian Golcynskis in this land. Kids whose fathers (or mothers) didn't come home. Memorial Day isn't about barbecues or opening the neighborhood pool for them, either.
This weekend as you go about your normal business of life, remember SSgt Marcus Golczynski. And Christian. And what that sacrifice means. May this Republic be worthy of them.
50,000 Names (Songwriter: Jamie O'Hara)
If you are interested in Christian Golczynski's story, here is an outstanding article about him.There are teddy bears & high school rings & old photographs that mamas bring Of daddies with their young boy, playing ball. There's combat boots that he used to wear, When he was sent over there. There's 50,000 names carved in the wall There's cigarettes, & cans of beer & notes that say I miss you dear & children who don't say anything at all. There's purple hearts and packs of gum & fatherless daughters & fatherless sons There's 50,000 names carved in the wall They come from all across this land In pickup trucks and mini vans Searching for a boy from long ago They scan the wall and find his name Teardrops fall like pouring rain Silently they leave a gift and go There's stars of David & rosary beads & crucifixion figurines Flowers of all kinds large and small There's a Boy Scout badge and a merit pin Little American flags waving in the wind & there's 50,000 names carved in the wall