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Reflecting on America's Most Somber Holiday & Remembering Gavin Durni

Americans are observing one of the nation's most important holidays today - Memorial Day - a day devoted to honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice - giving their lives in military service for the United States. We are thankful for all of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and those who are serving today, but know we are especially indebted to those special men, women and families who gave their all to insure the rest of us can enjoy and celebrate the freedom we have today. We can never thank those veterans enough for reminding us, as Kelly Strong did in her poem - Freedom Isn't Free:

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

Memorial Day Image above and Soldier 
playing taps
image below from Bigstock

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.



Gavin Durni

While I am thinking of those we lost in military service today I am also thinking about an industry colleague that we lost far too soon this past week. Gavin Durni, a Boston resident who was just 29 years old, was a major figure in the ccTLD space, holding what may have been the world's best collection of .co.za domains (.za is the country code for South Africa, a country Gavin was fascinated by and had planned to visit for the first time later this year, according to one of several messages I received about his untimely passing). 

I never had a chance to meet Gavin in person but he was a Facebook friend and was in touch often to let me know about well documented sales of the .co.za domains he loved so much. 

Gavin made several of those sales himself but he wanted me to know about all of the key sales in his favorite TLD - he was a true champion of the South African namespace. Gavin was always professional and friendly and I was looking forward to having a chance to chat with him face to face one day. I am saddened that day will never come but thankful I crossed paths with him in the brief time he was with us.

(Posted May 26, 2014) 

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