I met Brandon briefly while passing through Penn Station one day back in March.
I was drawn to the script on his leg and it seemed to be appropriate for this Memorial Day weekend:
The tattoo reads "I'd rather die on my feet / Than live life on my knees."
This holiday weekend is all about honoring those men and women in our armed services that have made the ultimate sacrifice as defenders of our freedom and way of life.
Not many people know that the quote originates from Emiliano Zapata, who fought to overthrow the dictatorship during the Mexican Revolution in the early part of the twentieth century. Its meaning can be interpreted with many nuances, but I understand it to mean that it is better to die fighting for freedom than to live in servitude to others.
I didn't speak to Brandon for very long - it was a passing encounter, but I appreciate his service and sacrifice, and I encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on the true meaning of this holiday, if you haven't already.
I'd also encourage people to check out this post from my friend Tracy, whose tattoo honors one of our fallen soldiers.
Thanks to Brandon and all of our armed forces for their service to our country.
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