How fitting could this be?!
As many of you know, I attended the memorial service for my friend, Buddy Baxter, last weekend in Arkansas. The loss of a loved one or a friend is hard to handle in most circumstances and even harder when that friend spent time with you in a combat zone. Then you add the fact that it was a tragic, violent death on top of it and it can send your world into a tailspin.
One of my fondest, but the memories of Buddy was in Baghdad in 2005. While standing on the hillside watching his family spread his ashes at the memorial service, I made Buddy a promise. Bed on the first full moon that came up, I would find something very high and raise a glass/bottle to him and remember the good times.
Not only is tonight a full moon, but it is a super, supermoon and I think it is very fitting. A supermoon for a super guy! So tonight at midnight, while I sit in the night time heat of Perryron, TX, I will raise a glass of Jack to my friend, Buddy Baxter and howl at the moon as we did that night in Baghdad.
Just about everyone has been touched by the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Seems like we all have known somebody, soldier or civilian, that has been there at least once, if not more. For those of us that went, soldier and civilian, we came home changed in some way. So I ask you to join me. It doesn’t have to be at midnight. But I ask you to step outside, when the moon is high, raise a glass and howl at the moon in their honor.