|A Cottage by the Sea
It was one thing to experience silence, solitude and simplicity at the cottage yesterday morning, but quite another to grasp it later in the day as I stood along the road near my house with an American flag in my hand paying respect to our town’s first casualty of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. People were lined along much of the same route that the Minutemen took two hundred and thirty five years ago in 1775 on their way to Concord. But this time it was to honor First Lieutenant Scott F. Milley as he traveled from Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln to his final resting place in Sudbury. As the cars with family members, and then the hearse went by, we were silent; we held our flags but didn’t wave them; we dispersed immediately afterwards and went our separate ways. It was a silent, solitary, simple act; but no one, not Scott, nor his family or friends, was alone.
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