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Phil Cornell Senate WA State
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A Memorial Day message from Phil Cornell

Memorial Day, 2016.  This is not a day for politics, it is a day to remember and reflect.

Memorial Day has always been a special day for me. My Dad would tell us stories of his service in the US Army in WWII. He served as a radar technician in North Africa and southern Italy during the war. One day he was called out to fix a problem with the radar, it was new technology then and quite cranky. He went to the radar site and fixed the problem, a loose connection in the power supply. On his way back to the barracks he noticed smoke coming from the area where his tent was pitched. Once he arrived at what was left of his tent, he saw that it had been hit by mortar fire and his bed was split in two diagonally. Had he not agreed to take the call to the radar site, he would have been a casualty and I would not be writing this story.

We all have memories of a friend or relative who served in our military, good ones and sad ones. My family has many who served and we suffered no casualties but some families are not so lucky. This day is for them.

Today I will go to the memorials on the state capitol campus and reflect on the service of my Dad, my uncle Bill, my brother Richard and myself. Then I will think about all the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can have this day to reflect and so that we can live in the greatest country in the history of the earth.

To all who served, to all who are serving and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, THANK YOU!