Usually, I try to make Phat Loot Phriday a relatively light-hearted, goofy column. It's a little way of relaxing at the end of a week. It's the nice, cold beer I pop open after a busy week of blogging. This is not the case today.
This weekend is America's Memorial Day. It is a day during which we remember and pay homage to the men and women of America's fighting forces who gave their lives in service to our country. I often feel like many people pay lip service to the phrase, "Thank you for your service to our country," and just kind of nod to Memorial Day as they fire up the BBQ. Years ago, however, I had the honor of attending a good man's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. He'd served in Korea; he never talked about it, but we all knew it. I had nothing but respect and admiration for the man. As I stood in Arlington while he was being set to rest among his peers and fellows, I was struck by the raw history and impact of that place. It's never left me. There are heroes, and they deserve our respect and memory.
For all the meaningless nod that it is, then, today's Phat Loot Phriday is the Girdle of Eternal Memory. This is the reward you receive after returning Crusader Bridenbrad's Tabard to Tirion Fordring. When Tirion hears about Bridenbard's sacrifice and his ultimate fate, he says the words I hope we all remember as we begin this Memorial Day weekend:
"We shall take heart in his shining example and in your selflessness. Thank you for all that you have done."