It has turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Poolesville. Our sliding glass door is open, allowing a warm breeze to slightly move the curtains. I can see the Willow Tree budding and the Forsythia taking on it's yellow hue. The white, puffy clouds are beautiful against the blue sky backdrop. Our Dove couple have returned for the fourth consecutive year, so the cooing can be heard. It appears that Spring has finally arrived in Poolesville.
On the other side of the world, we have Springtime in Afghanistan. The spring thaw signals the start of the Afghan "fighting season". I've read numerous articles telling the story of Canadian and Australian soldiers killed recently. Roughly 65,000 international forces are in Afghanistan, more than half from the United States.
A U.S. Marine carries supplies from a helicopter on March 27, 2009 to a remote Marine camp in Golestan in southwestern Afghanistan. Marines in the area have seen a spike in Taliban attacks in recent days with the onset of the traditional spring "fighting season."
As we enjoy the many pleasures which Spring holds, let us not forget our Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.