[May 30, 2022] Each Memorial Day, I write a short reminder to those in my community on what I see as this special day of remembrance. Below, I’ve copied it in full.
This Memorial Day, our Veterans’ Club calls upon its members and our Four Seasons friends and neighbors to join others across the United States in a “National Moment of Remembrance” wherever we are at 3 pm. On that day and time, pause for one minute to remember those who died in military service to the United States.
Reflect upon how we benefit from fallen Americans’ sacrifices every time we exercise our Constitutional rights. We are able to attend religious services of our choice, speak freely, possess firearms, peaceably assemble, and vote. Public officials do not secure these rights. Instead, they have been paid for in blood by those who willingly risked their lives to protect ours. As the saying goes, “All gave some, some gave all.”
War, they say, is an evil that solves nothing. That it is the folly of the powerful to thrust upon us the deadly games of the battlefield. We are taught that war is the sin of humankind and that it is easily abandoned; if only we could be more mature, thoughtful, and courageous. So we are told that lives would be saved, and suffering would be banished.
We do not advocate for war. Too many have witnessed the horrors of battle and realized the cost in lives and national treasurer. However, there are times when war is the only choice to stop evil. For example, shortly before the first Memorial Day in1867, our Civil War rid this great nation of the evil of slavery. Then again, in World War II, surrender had to be “unconditional” for the Axis Powers to end its Concentration Camp evils. The total elimination of these threats was necessary. And it worked.
Today, our most educated scholars, elected officials, and CEOs of great corporations – men and women of great achievement – call for comfort and equality for all. That we should obtain it without trouble or danger. And that the love of country is an old wives’ tale to be replaced by interest in a new car or some material object under the self-seeking search for a new world order. We know better.
On this Memorial Day, we must not forget the lives sacrificed for us to enjoy our freedoms in the United States while continuing to deal with evil in its many forms. We must always Remember!
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