Today is Memorial Day, a Federal holiday set up to remember the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces. The predecessors to the formal day we know now started to commemorate the war dead on both sides of the civil war/…..
I give to you my thoughts on this day of remembrance now.
You read sometimes how Memorial Day is just another get out of work free day, an excuse to barbeque, drink beer, watch the sporting event of your choice, and perhaps to have a family gathering. “The average American just pays lip service to those who have died for our freedom around the world” puffs one. “We have forgotten the sacrifice given by those who died” huffs another. This train of thinking is epitomized in the “I fought for your right to protest war, you smelly hippy” kind of thinking.
My thoughts are a bit different. This Memorial Day, I would ask you to use these three items to guide your thinking.
First, remember your comrades, family members, neighbors who died while in the service of their nation.
Second, be thankful for your freedoms. Ask yourself do we really have the freedoms we have been indoctrinated to believe we do?
Third, ask yourself were our freedoms in America truly being preserved by the military action that they died in?
What caused Afghanistan, whose society is functionally in the 17th century, to become a “threat” to the United States, thousands of miles and an ocean away?
Was there truly a threat to the existence of the United States from Iraq in 1991 or in 2003?
Were the Panamanians developing a new super weapon to destroy North America?
Was there truly a threat to the existence of the United States from Vietnam?
Was there truly a threat to the existence of the United States from Korea?
If you set aside the star spangled glasses, and look deeper than the main narrative, you find that the answer is not so comforting. America has not been made safer by our empire building and adventurism abroad. The freedoms the writers of the Constitution understood and enumerated are steadily declining.
When I think on the three questions asked above, I have to answer that our war dead died in vain for what they thought they were preserving.
So this Memorial Day, I will remember and recite silently the names of my hallowed war dead: Doyle – Bouchard – Seamans – Fuhrmann – Jodon. I will honor their memory and remember how I fought alongside them.
I will remember that I fought, and they died, in vain on foreign sands and I will promise to do what is within my power to prevent more loved ones from mourning the loss of a son or daughter every Memorial Day in the future.