Veteran’s Day

Every generation has a war to fight: some of them end up being more important than others when it comes to history books. All of them end up costing a lot more human life than they were worth. The big wars of our generation both occurred in Iraq.  There are thousands of stories that could be shared about either of these wars: most of them unpleasant.  I’m going to share one of the rare ones with a happy ending.

Roman Baca is a Marine and a ballet dancer.  We graduated from the same high school and were the only two people who were on the JV soccer team our senior year.  It’s kind of a weird thing to do, most of the soccer team and pretty much anyone else thought we were wasting our time.  I’m not sure why we did it.  I probably wouldn’t have done it if he wasn’t doing it, too.  Every once and a while, usually when someone quit the team for a week, we got to sit at the end of the cold metal bench with the varsity team for ninety minutes (or however long high school soccer games were back then).  That “privilege” certainly wasn’t why I was doing it, and if anything it made me more doubtful about the whole thing.

I lost touch with Roman and just about everyone else I went to high school with shortly after graduating.  I’ve reconnected with him in the past few years, and learned about his journey as a soldier and a dancer.  You can read about it here.


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