This Memorial Day, we remember the heroes who didn’t make it back — the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our beloved country.
For some of us, that remembrance is more solemn than for others. Some of us have lost a brother or a sister, a mother or father, a son or daughter. Those who have served may have lost one of their brothers and sisters in arms.
Mike Shuler of Townsend, Massachusetts knows all about that solemnity. Who is Mike Shuler? He’s a veteran who’s gone viral thanks to the Facebook page Larry’s Drive by Pictures. After Facebook user Carmine Ginocchio ran into Shuler doing something special to remember his fallen comrades, he knew he had to share it with the world.
“I was driving through Hollis NH on my way to Londonderry NH to visit my daughters grave, on my way through Hollis I saw this young man walking on the side of the road carrying the Flag,” the post read.
“I passed him and pulled into a parking area, where I took some photos of him, and when he got closer to me, I asked him a few questions. He said he was in Afghanistan and Iraq during his term (in the military). He was with 25th Marines out of Devens (and) was also active at Camp Lejeune and that he lost a few good friends during that time, and just wanted to honor them by doing something.”
And, as you can see, what he did was absolutely epic:
“He was walking from Townsend MA, up through Brookline NH and Hollis NH, he was on his way to Nashua (New Hampshire) and then back to Townsend,” the post read. “It was his way of making people aware of what Memorial Day is about, those who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for our freedom.”
That walk, by the way, is over 32 miles round trip while carrying a flag.
Thankfully, a lot of people saluted what Shuler did via likes, loves and shares on Facebook (over 83,000 of the former two and 30,000 of the latter, to be specific). This Memorial Day, however, we beseech you to maybe do a little bit more than to just hit like or share.
You don’t need to do what Mike Shuler did. Get off the computer, put away the iPhone and do something to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. Let this Marine be your inspiration. Trust us, we’ll still be here when you get back.
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… although, you know, it wouldn’t hurt if you liked and shared on Facebook and Twitter before you left, just to remind others to do the same.
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