True meaning of Memorial Day hits home for Weis

Editor’s Note: Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis is taking part in a first-of-its-kind tour of the Middle East with four other college football coaches to meet with members of the U.S. military. The tour started Tuesday at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois near St. Louis, then continued on to Germany before Weis and the other coaches arrived in the Middle East Wednesday night. Weis, who returns to the U.S. on Monday, shares his thoughts with the Tribune’s Eric Hansen for a daily diary. This is the third installment in the series.

I have some catching up to do since we were out in the Persian Gulf Friday and there is no cell phone service. If there’s no service, there’s no service. I missed not getting a chance to talking to (wife) Maura and (son) Charlie.

We started out Friday flying on a military plane from Qatar to Bahrain. Then we helicoptered out into the Persian Gulf, to the USS Nassau, which is one of the ships we have in the Persian Gulf, and we spent the whole day and part of Saturday in the Persian Gulf.