Remembering This Day

I seem to do this for a lot of holidays. Then again, I think Americans relish the day off of work a lot more than realizing why it is they actually get the day off of work. Today is one of those days, like Christmas and Easter, that everyone should stop at least for a minute and pay homage to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can actually HAVE a day off of work!

Today is Memorial Day.

We remember today. We remember those that have given their lives in the pursuit of freedom. We remember today that freedom isn’t free. It’s been excessively costly. It continues to be so. It’s one of those things that if you turn your back on it, even for a short period of time, you could lose. And I fear that we are in the midst of one of those times.

Today is not about hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, or opening the backyard swimming pool. It’s not about the Indy 500, or the Coca Cola 600, both of which yes, I’ll admit to watching yesterday (along with the Monoco Grand Prix). I think both of the American races do a nice job of supporting the troops, and remembering the fallen. I’d hate to think that it’s the only place that does so anymore.

I know when I was a kid there was always a Memorial Day parade. And I’m sure there still are places that do that. You gotta remember, I grew up in small town, midwest America. We had parades every time the Mayor got over a cold. But I do remember going downtown and standing on the street corner as the various Boy Scout troops, and the VFW, and the Shriners, and the High School Band all marched by waving at the people. I never really understood Memorial Day back then. Maybe it took the Vietnam War, when it seemed everyone I knew lost someone they knew in that terrible conflict.

But today, I stop and pause. I do think about those that I knew that lost their lives in battle fighting for freedom. Those people came from all types of families, were all ages, all races, probably all sexual orientations, and all income levels. They all had one thing in common and that was a love of America, and a desire to protect it from all threats, foreign and domestic.

So, today, I ask, no…I BEG you to stop what you’re doing. Think about and thank the memory of someone you know that gave their life for this country. It doesn’t have to include going to a cemetary and putting flowers on a grave marker (though that would be nice). It’s a gentle reminder that yes, we may have political differences, but we ARE one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

What Today Means

Those of you new to this blog haven’t read this before, but I always reserve a couple of dates for holidays and their true meaning. We, as Americans have reached the point in our decline as a nation where we fail to realize why it is we celebrate certain holidays.

Today is one of those days.

Memorial day is set aside to honor the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I may enjoy the freedoms of living in what’s still the greatest country on earth. Though it is tougher and tougher to say that with all of the left-wing fake news, and “win at all cost” mentality that the left wants to employ. But there isn’t a country on earth that gives us the freedoms to call them on it, and to expound on why we are such a great country in the face of their negativism and hate-filled rhetoric.

Today is a day that we should all be visiting a national cemetery. It’s a day to think about those in our lives who have laid down theirs so we could enjoy ours. Our history is filled with millions of people who have done just that. Whether they threw themselves on a grenade in World War II, or took a bullet or a roadside bomb in Afghanistan or Iraq so that their platoon could be spared, we pause, think of their memory, and thank them for their service and their sacrifice.

It’s out of fashion in this day and age, with us fighting a war on terror that is entering it’s 19th year, to pooh-pooh the military. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of that, but you’ll understand if you look at history and especially history in the last fifty years, that the conservatives in this country are the ones that have backed and honored the military without fail. It’s been the liberals that have wanted to use that money to further re-distribute the wealth. It’s been the liberals in our society that would take money away from soldiers in the fields, and like in California, want to give it to illegal aliens in the form of free health care (which should boil the blood of EVERY American!)

Before you fire up the grill today, before you crack open a beer and go to the lake or the pool this fine day, stop and give thanks, either aloud or silently for the millions of people that can no longer give thanks. Thank them for their sacrifice so that you can enjoy that beer, that hot dog or hamburger, and that sun tan you’re getting today. It doesn’t take long. But pray for their souls, and thank them for all they’ve given you.

They truly are and continue to be real American Heroes.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!