Tuesday, May 26, 2009

In Memory...

...because it was, after all, Memorial Day. And while it's been turned into the first official beach weekend of the summer, and a consumer sales orgy, and an extended weekend, it is still about remembering. Remembering the roughly 4,300 people who have died in the last six years in Iraq. The roughly 1,1oo people who have died in Afghanistan. The countless others who died in Vietnam, in Europe, in Korea, in America, even. We should remember, and we should celebrate them. These people, whether they chose to or not, died for us, for our country, and for our freedom. And all so very many of us do is pack a cooler and sit in the sun. This is a day to be grateful, to enjoy the freedom to ignore the significance. But each of us living here, each of us who can speak freely or who can congregate peacefully, or who can expect a fair trial and believe as we choose, we should be grateful. I hope wherever you are, whatever you do today to celebrate, that you take a moment to realize the enormity of the sacrifice that has gone into our country. These people are gone, but we should never forget. They have helped shape us and protect us. They, not the generals nor the strategists, are the heroes. So, to whomever of you has lost someone, my condolences, and my deepest thanks. I'll hold you in my prayers tonight.

1 comment:

gay said...

well said. i stopped in a random cemetary this weekend and visitied the grave sites of veterans from wwII & korea just because it was memorial day and we all seem to forget it is those who we honor. good luck on your upcoming surgery. thinking of you.