Memorial Day – 2012

Contrary to too many Americans’ ignorance (thanks to government), Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have fallen – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguard Americans who have given the ultimate sacrifice in wars since the American Revolution. Too often this day has been confused with Veteran’s Day, which is a
day of honor for the living Americans that served their country. Someone once, thinking they were honoring me and with good intentions, thanked me for serving and told me that Memorial Day was set aside for people like me. I tried not to be rude, but asked if I was dead and did not know it. With a puzzled look, I then explained
that Memorial Day is honoring the dead who have fallen in the course of our nation’s history, here and abroad. But I thanked that person for their good intentions.
I believe that the most ridiculous thing is seeing signs or greeting cards that read “Happy Memorial Day” — completely out of touch with the true meaning of this day set aside as a day of remembrance, sadly honoring those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The politicians are using Memorial Day for reasons of their own, the businesses are having Memorial Day sales, and it is a time for Americans to break out the beer and BBQ equipment and food to do whatever they individually desire. I do not think they we should drape our nation with the darkness of morbidity; however, like Christmas and other elements of traditional and meaningful days set aside, it has become too commercialized. All the while, Americans in uniform continue to put their lives in danger for their country and some pay the ultimate price.

Mark Alexander at Patriot Post wrote an excellent essay regarding Memorial Day, of which he wrote, in part …
Indeed, Memorial Day has been sold out, along with Washington’s Birthday, Independence Day, Veterans, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. And it’s no wonder, as government schools no longer teach civics or any meaningful history, and courts have excluded God (officially) from the public square. …
Quoting Ronald Reagan‘s Memorial Day speech:

Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.

I don’t ask that we stop our traditions of Memorial Day weekend, spending time with family and enjoying the celebrations of spring; but I do ask that all fellow Americans remember that somewhere a family has a missing member at their BBQ and family gatherings who gave the ultimate sacrifice and now lies among the millions of grave markers that stand in memory of those Americans here on American soil and in dedicated cemeteries in Europe. Flags will be placed in cemeteries across the nation and the solemn dedication given at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. If you can find time, view video at the Patriot YouTube Channel.
If you don’t already have a special moment or established family tradition to honor the memory of those who have fallen, maybe you can start one this Memorial Day.
I have been fortunate to never have lost a family member to war, but I always remember those I knew in my career as a professional soldier whose family received a letter of condolence instead of their son, brother, or husband coming home alive.

If you have a flag on a flagpole, like here at the Old Glory, lower the flag slowly on Memorial Day morning at half mast and at noon, raise it to full mast. The half position remembers those that have fallen; while at noon, the raising of the flag represents those living to not let those who fell have done so in vain. 

Let 2012 mark the beginning when We the People rise up and put an end to the efforts of those who would dishonor and work to destroy the Constitution of the United States and its amendments; working together as a united people to defend the Constitution and reinstate the constitutional republic as the Founders created it.

It should also mark the end of fighting other nation’s wars that does not have a direct threat to the United States.