There are times I wonder how many more of any holiday that our republic will survive to see, but this one is the hardest to come to grips with. Memorial Day is the day to honor those who fell fighting to preserve the republic and if it falls, that's dishonoring every one of them. Every one of them gave themselves, their lives, their futures, for something bigger than themselves.
It's not just the generation that saved the west in the all out war of WWII;
it's all of them, from those we know of fighting in the first battles of the
Revolution on April 19, 1775, (commemorated as
but some states shift the date to get a Monday Holiday) to those who were lost
Bumbling Biden's disastrous abandonment of Afghanistan, including those lost since then. We include losses from training
accidents as well as actual enemy action.
For most people, Memorial Day is the semi-official Start of Summer. It's marked by barbecues, trips out on the boat, or other outdoors activities. Let me join the chorus of folks saying that while you're enjoying your day, take a moment to remember or think of and thank those who gave their all in service to us. The ones who don't get to mark the holiday with us.
I say that in the belief that those who made that sacrifice wouldn't hold it against us to have a little fun on their day.
Credit to Al Goodwyn at Creators Syndicate.