I walked to work today and noticed the flags at half-staff in East City Park. This little monument to Moscow's veterans is flanked by some trees, and it doesn't really stand out.

I recently learned (or relearned) that my Dad's oldest brother served during WWII and I believe the next oldest brother served during the Korean war. Other than that, I personally know very few people who served in our military during wartime. At times I think that is a shame, although I wouldn't wish it upon anyone of course.

On my Mom's side, her Uncle Jake also served in WWII, and I happen to have copies of some of his family's old photographs. I wish I knew the story behind this one: