Okay, so I’m not the only Veteran here…
It’s Memorial Day.
I know that a lot of you see this as the first long weekend of summer…
But, it’s more than that. Much more.
If one more person wishes me “Happy Memorial Day”, I swear I’m going to hit them in the teeth.
There is nothing HAPPY about it. When I think of Memorial Day, I think of those who fell alongside me and many like me, in places many of wish we could forget… as we faced our lives and deaths, from dawn till dusk on fields covered with blood. I think of family buried in places like Arlington National Cemetery. I think of tears and sadness.
Memorial Day is about the sacrifice of soldiers… soldiers who cast themselves into the fire, to preserve our freedom.
Soldiers are not “sacrificial objects”. Our soldiers are Americans with the same rights, morals, and virtues as the rest of us. Each of them wants to pursue their own goals, their own dreams, and their own happiness. Soldiers aren’t mindless drones, they enjoy the work of military service, they take pride in their abilities, and they gain profound satisfaction in the knowledge that they are protecting the freedom of every single American, including themselves. They are motivated by the knowledge that they are making the world a better place, for everyone.
And some of them make the supreme sacrifice, to insure it.
Memorial Day is a very solemn and sad occasion that honors the American soldiers who lost their lives in war. It’s a hallowed day too; like the blood running thru their veins, the values those men and women who “fought to defend”… form the very core of our nations principles:
Democracy, freedom for all, and the protected rights of the individual.
They were Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Husbands and Wives…
Some were drafted and some volunteered.
They fought for all sorts of reasons. Some did things that they would only forget in death. Many more became heroes.
Some fought wars with meanings far beyond imagination or understanding. Some actually changed the world. And some were actually changed forever.
You may question WHY they served. You may question the wars they fought. You may even question the leaders that gave them their orders.
But, you can NEVER EVER question their sacrifices.