We live in the Land of the Free — because it's the Home of the Brave.
I don't know much about PFC Gerald J. Walker, except what it says on the plaque (at left), which is installed over a doorway in the weight room of the Hoboken YMCA. Next month he would have turned 60. He died at 20, in uniform.
Because of the memorial's placement, everyone who stops in for a workout is reminded of Gerard Walker's sacrifice. Amid the Cybex machines, barbell racks, and treadmills, it's a haunting memento.
The Y is closed for Memorial Day, but the plaque is on duty.
Some songs for Memorial Day (all posted as mp3):
Bo Diddley: "Ain't It Good to Be Free" (1983)
Elton Britt: "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" (1942)
Do something patriotic with your money today: