I hardly have to say this to my readers, who are great Americans who understand the wonder of this country that God has bestowed upon us.
But I want to remind everyone anyway. Take some time today to honor the heroes who died to make this nation.
I read a lot of history. This nation, like all the great nations, has been built on the blood our heroes, and the tears of their families, friends and comrades. It is an inescable truth. Nations are created and then defended by war. Ruthless, vicious, unimaginable violence. But not senseless violence. Because the wars that created this country and kept it what is it make sense. And our heroes did not die in vain.
They sacrificed so that we may live in freedom and prosper. They missed out on most of their lives, lives that no doubt would have spread love, created jobs, sustained those less fortunate, and provided greater service to our country. Killed in action somehwere no doubt was a future president. None of our presidents since George H.W. Bush have seen combat. Since then, those who avoided the sound of bullets flying overhead lived went on to lead, while greater men and women perished.
Take a little while to remember. If you are not thinking of your own loved ones, call someone who lost one of their dearest to the violence of the enemy. Or just find, through the miracle of the internet, a name of someone from any of our wars, even as far back to the Revolutionary War, who has been completely forgotten. And give him the honor of a having an unexpected moment of remembrance. Perhaps he is in heaven, and he will know.
Thank you to all who have served, and today, especially to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day when we both remember their deaths, and through celebration, enjoy the great nation they secured for us. On this particular Memorial Day, with disease all around us, the celebration doesn’t come so easily. So maybe there is more time simply to remember and honor our dead.