I remember Jesse Penna today

Jesse was a Navy Corpsman serving with the Marine Corps in Viet Nam. He lost his life serving his country and his fellow man. It was 1968 and Jesse and I would sit in the barracks and sing along with Janis Joplin "Piece Of My Heart" We were a mess. I remember him today and many other days. I thank God that I am home today free and healthy and with my family. I remember all who served and didn't make it home. God bless America.

The years are coming faster now Jesse, I am thinking of you on this day my brother. Janis is singing and you and I are trying to keep up with her in the background. I will never forget for all the days of my life.

Jesse, another year my friend, like so many days I am thinking of you today. More acute today on Memorial Day. Looking back and thinking of those days listening to Janis and straining our voices. Will play her today and sing at the top of my lungs and in my heart I will hear you next to me. I'll never forget my brother. 

I remember when I was a boy and the old timers would go to the cemetery and decorate the graves on "Decoration  Day". Now I am one of the old timers. I am thinking of you my brother, I'll never forget. Today I will play Janis for you and me, somehow the music always helps and makes me smile.