Memorial Day is extra—much more—than a day for merchandise gross sales or the unofficial begin of summer season. It is a day we put aside to honor the courageous women and men which have fallen within the efficiency of their army duties whereas serving within the U.S. armed forces.
To be actual this nation has had a grand whole of 1,354,664-plus recorded deaths in all of America’s conflicts starting from the Revolutionary War to the worldwide struggle on terrorism. To put this in perspective, every one of many 50 stars that adorns our flag represents the dying of roughly 27,000 U.S troopers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who paid for the liberty we get pleasure from at present.
Our freedom that has come with out this horrible worth and at present is the day we honor their sacrifice for this nice Republic. A sacrifice that could be a true expression of selfless service—one which nobody would decide for themselves. Whether they volunteered at a time of struggle, served throughout peacetime or by no means anticipated to put on our nation’s uniform till their draft card arrived, they represented and symbolize one of the best America has to supply.
At cemeteries throughout the nation and households pays their humble respects and quiet tribute to a father, mom, sister, or brother who gave their lives in order that we, the dwelling, could also be heirs to the freedoms they defended. The loss could also be recent, or it might solely be a distant however nonetheless painful reminiscence, however when you go to any cemetery, you will note the tokens of remembrance—flowers, stones, and pictures—left behind by these nonetheless grieving their loss.
My circle of relatives’s service goes again to Bunker Hill and Cold Harbor, the place we misplaced two fathers in fight. On this Memorial Day, I pray they would be the final in my household to die, however as a realist I believe that won’t be the case.
I misplaced 27 of my very own shipmates on 9/11, a lot of them who had retired after years of selflessly serving their nation solely to search out themselves again into hurt’s means and within the bulls eye of American Airlines flight 77. One minute they have been at their desk on an attractive September morning and the following they have been obliterated in a conflagration that nobody might survive unscathed. They have been like many others in our nation’s historical past who answered the decision they have been struck down within the service to their nation by pure evil and tyranny that’s always knocking on our door with solely members of our army maintaining them at bay.
Today, many will go to our nations Armed Forces Medical Centers to honor American women and men who to at the present time nonetheless wrestle simply to make it till tomorrow as a result of they endured the horror of struggle to make sure the blessings of liberty for you and me. Unfortunately, the statics present that a lot of them will take their very own lives to quell the demons which have haunted them from serving in fight. I pray their selfless sacrifices won’t ever be forgotten nor taken without any consideration.
On Memorial Day, no American ought to take their freedoms without any consideration. Instead, allow us to be part of collectively united as one individuals, one nation underneath God, to honor our brothers and sisters who put on the uniform, the households that concern for them, and those who paid that horrible worth for our liberty. It is our sacred responsibility as Americans no matter our political views or ideology to honor these women and men who answered the decision their selfless service and dying was paid to protect your particular person freedom and liberty.
Yes, throughout America on Memorial Day there are numerous fields of honor the place those that lie eternally in repose paid dearly for the liberty we get pleasure from and plenty of take without any consideration at present. It is your responsibility to always remember those that answered the decision and preserve the flame of freedom alive.