As with every Memorial Day, Americans take advantage of this holiday in late May drink some beers and fire up the grill, while never realizing for a single moment as to what this holiday stands for and what it’s meant to be: a period of solemn observation for the lives of the men and women that have been lost on the battlefields of America’s wars since the Civil War. And while Americans should take this time to remember those who we’ve lost in defense of this great nation, let is be know that it was also in defense of western civilization. For without this sacrifice, the West would never be what it is today and for the rest of the world that currently lives in a free society: you’re welcome.
For those of us still alive and proud enough to call ourselves an American, we should take this holiday to remember those who put their entire life on hold, donned a uniform and gave the ultimate sacrifice in a faraway land that seems almost too far away for most Americans to know where it is on the map while shopping at the mall or being enamored with stupid shit on the Internet. This holiday is explicitly for the purpose of remembering the countless men and women that have given up everything so that Americans can have the freedom to be fat, dumb and lazy (by choice).
For all the words that cannot be written by my own hand, some of our past presidents have said it much better and in more cogent terms.
From James A. Garfield:
We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke: but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.
From Ronald Reagan:
I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.
From Harry S. Truman:
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.
Regardless of your position on the use of force with our military and in defense of our nation, the ability for us all to stand up and speak out against what you firmly believe in (or not) is brought to you by, and only by, those who selflessly gave up their own lives for the rest of us to live in a nation that exalts everything that western culture and civilization is and forever will be: just as long as this nation carries with it the necessary set of men and women with the willingness and fortitude to give up their very existence in exchange for the freedom that I have to write this very article about them.
You Are Never Forgotten. Rest In Peace.