Veterans Day is to thank those living who have served in our armed forces. Memorial Day is to remember those who served and were sacrificed. Thoughts along those lines were going through my head in the barn yesterday. Standing in the doorway, waiting for the next goat to amble down the hill for her turn on the stand, I was suddenly struck by the silence...total, absolute silence. It is often quiet here, but there are always some ambient sounds. No cock crowed, no bird chirped in a tree nor screeched in the sky, no car, truck, or tractor engine echoed through the hills. It was as if Nature herself was in tune with my thoughts, taking a moment of silence to honor those who rest on her bosom or under her seas. I think Nature does not discriminate or take sides; she shelters all patriots, all nationalities. She is our final guardian.