My father, Arthur S. Ginzburg (pictured) was in charge of freeing a concentration camp in Germany in World War II, was shot as a medic in the field, watched many a friend die, and came back and worked 14 hours a day 6 days a week to support his family by driving a cab on the tough streets of 1970s New York where he was held up 5 times once with a gun in his ear and the junkie's shaky hand holding it. He woke up many a night screaming from nightmares from what he experienced during the war. He never broke more than 25K driving a cab, but that was what a man did to support his family. He's gone 37 years and I miss him to this day. Remembering you Dad, and all of those Vets who sacrificed mightily on Memorial Day.
And while on that subject, in today's world people throw around the word hero, cheapening it, labeling everybody from spoiled athletes to mediocre pop stars but he WAS one. In a society that worships someone because they can shoot a ball through a hoop or sing a pop tune or rap, remember the TRUE heroes- not only the Vets but the Dads who wake up tired every day in the dark and get up and will themselves to go to a job they probably don't love all that much to sacrifice for their kids. And remember the many late Dads who did this year after year, decade after decade generally without much or any fanfare beyond a father's day card and gift. And lets also never forget the many, many MOMS and GRANDPARENTS who play both roles so selflessly when they take up the slack for the deadbeat dads (these "men" who are the lowest of the low). I've heard so many wonderful women say, "I've been mother AND father to my kids" and much respect to you as well. My own wonderful Dad died in 1980 when I was only 20 so Memorial Day always has a special meaning and melancholy as he always said his military service was "the best and worst years of my life" so these thoughts were swimming around and I just wanted to share them.
Several years back I produced a full-length documentary "Theresa Sareo Alive Again" with the full cooperation of the U.S. Military and met and interviewed many Wounded Warriors at Walter Reade National Military Medical Center and various other places and it was a life-changing experience. I met young men and women with every possible injury including one young man who lost three limbs. Another soldier was burnt over much of his body, blinded and lost a leg. Many will never, ever be the same physically and/or emotionally and psychologically and we must never, ever forget them. And realize the sacrifices their young spouses and their families make in caring for them as well. Memorial Day is not just about cookouts and sales at department stores, folks.
Simply put there are people who died and sacrificed for all of us to be free.
Evan Ginzburg is the Associate Producer and appears as himself in The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke and is a 25 year plus radio, TV and film veteran currently hosting "The Evan Ginzburg Show" on www.villageconnectionradio.com every Sunday 11AM-1PM. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities available. He is Associate Producer on the upcoming documentary 350 Days starring Brett Hart and SuperStar Billy Graham.