I worried when the Black River was so low some years, poking along underneath the Main Street bridge in front of our home on Memorial Day. The Gold Star Mothers had just arrived in one of Ludlow’s only convertibles: they struggled out of the car wrapped around in American flags, looking enormous waddling up to the edge
My Quaker meeting knew I’d long been enraged about our country’s misadventures in the Middle East. They knew I’d been volunteering at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, but they didn’t really know what I’d done about the fury that possessed me. This is a testimony to what can be done when we think we’re faced with helplessness.
My experience as a Navy pilot for a third of my life is fundamental to who I am. The military has significantly impacted my experience as a Quaker. This is most evident to me when I compare the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Peace with the military codes and traditions that have shaped me.