Memorial Day is not about picnics and barbecues. It is about showing respect to those who have fought and the many that died for our country. With this holiday it is not the war’s we are remembering, instead, we are remembering those who served and those who gave all of their devotion in order to insure that the freedoms that this country offers would be able to be passed on to the next generations.
There are rows and rows of white tombstones in Arlington National Cemetery. The freedom wall holds 4,048 gold stars at the World War II memorial. Each gold star represents one hundred American Service personnel who died or remain missing in the war. Many names are etched into the granite at the Vietnam Memorial. I offer my heartfelt gratitude to their souls.
Here’s some ground rules for Memorial Day Weekend.
- Don’t wish me a Happy Memorial day – there isn’t anything happy about brave men and women dying
- It’s not a holiday or a sale, it’s a Day of Remembrance
- You want to know the true meaning, visit your local Cemetery or a VA Hospital, not Disneyland or a mall
- Don’t tell me how great anyone in political power is; tell me about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Dakota Meyer, Kyle Carpenter, Mitchell Paige, and Ira Hayes…
- Don’t tell me I don’t know what I am talking about; I have carried the burden all too many times for my warriors who now stand their post for God
- Say a prayer, and then raise a glass and thank god for the men/women who are no longer here
What Memorial Day Means To Me.
I wanted to take a minute and share with everyone the significance of Memorial Day to me.
My father fought in World War Two and his total platoon was killed by the Japanese and he survived because he played dead even though he was shot many times. My father received the Purple Heart, and the Silver Star. I always think of him on Memorial Day.
So this holiday is important to me as I remember what my father went through for me and for others.
I also think of all the young men that I went to school with who went to Vietnam. Some returned and some did not. So many of these young men that I cared for came back broken and did not recover. To top it off they were spat on for serving their country by those who did not support the war. Whether you support the war or not always have respect for those who went into battle to fight for what they believed in and for freedom.
I think of all of the men and women who have lost their lives and sacrificed so much to fight the war on terrorism. We did not ask for this war, but without standing up to terrorists imagine how much more damage could be inflicted on the innocent.
I find it incredibly sad how our veterans are not being taken care of by the government that they served. Friends, let me ask you a question, when was the last time you seen a VET on the street corner in a wheel chair? Twelve % of the Homeless Population consists of Veterans, roughly 67,000 people. Now, how can this government send money to other countries while ignoring these Vets? How can they say they care while ignoring these Vets, who sacrificed so much for our freedom, that are on the streets? America, wake up.
Whatever you do this weekend take time to pause and give thanks for all that you have due to the sacrifice of so many men and women.
Blessings to all who have served and are serving America,
“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald