How many really know what Memorial Day means? My hope is the word memorial will ring a bell with some. Truly, let us really look at this holiday. It just came to mind that two presidential candidates running for president in 2016 have never been a part of the armed services whose sacrifice we honor on this day.
Who would sacrifice their own blood on their own soil and serve in the bloodiest Civil War in the US or the War of Independence?
Who would sacrifice their own blood on foreign soil and not think twice for the freedom of others? WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan war. How many people in the Millennium Generation and Generation X even care or know about past wars?
This day is not all about barbecues, beer, brats, blockbusters, parades and beaches. Its more than that. Its remembering those who chose to go to a war and sacrifice for our freedoms of today. Freedom to vote. Freedom to protest. Freedom to voice and most of all freedom to love thy neighbor as thyself. For our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and their values to be preserved.
My father served in the Air Force during WWII and came away as a Sargent. He served near Saipan and Tinian as an airplane simulator instructor. LINK My father came home from that war. Many did not.
When going to that cemetery and see the splendor of flags, remember those underneath the soil didn’t know us, but fought for us and served anyway.