5/25/2010

Lest We Forget...

Repost from 5/09

My life moves forward - I go to work, I raise my son, and I spend time on the river, pursuing a hobby that provides me the comfort and rewards that only another angler can appreciate.

Yeah, my life is pretty simple, and it is that way because others have made sacrifices throughout the years. They've left their friends and families to go to far away places to perform their duty so that others, like myself, can ponder something as trivial as the recipe of the next fly.

Most will return home, while far too many have not. So this weekend, take a moment to thank those (past and present) that have served, and to honor all of those who have died - let their families know that you care, and appreciate, the sacrifices that have been made.

And while you're at it, check out Project Healing Waters, a program initiated and conducted by members of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited. It serves military personnel who have been injured or disabled, and helps aid their physical and emotional recovery by introducing (or rebuilding) the skills of fly fishing and fly tying.

Devils Dogs - I salute YOU - Hit Hard, Hit Fast and Keep on Hitting, brothers.

5 comments:

Bigerrfish said...

nice post Ron,, when I first saw the opening picture I thought... Aw!! Ron put his packpack on and a helmet rigged with a camera.... standing on a rock scoping out a target... but what is that he is holding?....Oh, its half a TFO..

Jokes over, and you are, right, you are a true American, a true fly fisherman, and a Man, when the fisher part is away!!!

Colorado Angler said...

HA! Josh, while I should probably wear a helmet at all times, the days of putting on a 100 lb. pack and headgear are long gone.

Thanks for the kind words - we'll be hitting the water together soon...

AYearOnTheFly said...

It's good to have a post to remember the reason for this holiday. For most its just a 3 day weekend but you got to remember the boys that fought and still fight to defend America. Thanks

Colorado Angler said...

I couldn't agree more, Joel - while it's nice to have an extra day off, and to enjoy the start of summer, ultimately, this holiday is to remember those that served and gave their lives for this great country.

Thanks for the comment, my friend.

Rebecca said...

Respectful nod........
I grew up a military brat, so it's near and dear to my heart.