May 24, 2013

Empty Chairs

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This weekend I’m heading down to Long Island to run a Memorial Day Road Race like no other.

The race is the four mile “I Did the Grid” race in honor of CPL Christopher G. Scherer, USMC and all others who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

CPL Christopher Scherer is one of the thousands of US service men and women who gave their lives for our freedoms in our most recent wars. He was the son of close friends of mine. If you are familiar with this Blog, you probably know the Team Chris story. If not, you can get some background here.

So, you are probably wondering how CPL Scherer, USMC is connected to today’s image. Or Memorial Day.  I can explain.

This is an image from my June 2012 trip to England. My son Ryan  and I were touring Warwick Castle and in the middle of the guided tour of the castle’s residence was this room. Empty, except for the plexiglass platform on the floor with toy sized empty toy-sized chairs meticulously placed on it. The scale of the tiny empty chairs against the huge, ornate medeaval room commanded attention.

At the entrance of the room was a sign with explanation — Each empty chair in the room represents a UK soldier who was lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, I don’t remember the number of chairs that were on display, although even one would be too many.

Please remember those who gave all during this Memorial Day Weekend.

See you all on Tuesday.

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  1. Quite a touching blog post and most stunning image. Thank you for helping me remember all those who gave their lives in the name of freedom and what is right in the world. This image should hang on a war gallery wall somewhere in the world where other care about others.