December 7th is always a strange day. On the one hand, I think of Pearl Harbor, the day that will live in infamy and how the USA got into World War II and all that that meant and all the lives that were lost on this day. My great Uncle was at Pearl Harbor. It was the signature event of his lifetime. His license plate even spoke of it.
On the other, I think of my adopted city of Milan which celebrates its patron saint on this day, Sant’Ambrogio. I lived in Milan for about 10 years so I got very used to its people, their culture and habits. In fact, I feel like I too should be having a long holiday weekend as my friends in Italy are doing at this time. December 7th is also the start of Opera season in Milan at La Scala. It is also the opening of the ski season. I spent many a year skiing at a friend’s home in France. Those were the days…all in the before times. Now I’m thankful for health, family, friends, work and school. None of which can be taken for granted in this pandemic.
I’m starting a new portion of my blog today which is to highlight charities that I believe in. Today’s organization is the WoundedWarriorProject.org
The focus of this organization is veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. The numbers are staggering, more than 52,000 servicemen and women physically injured in recent military conflicts. 500,000 living with invisible wounds, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. 320,000 experiencing debilitating brain trauma. A very worthwhile organization and one to think of when feeling generous,