I received email from a reader [Jerry N. & Joan B.] with the following photos depicting cemeteries in Europe and the number of Americans buried there, with this notation…
Apologize to no one. Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t confuse arrogance with leadership. The count is 104,366 dead Americans buried in Europe. We have to watch an American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that our country is “arrogant”! How many French, Dutch, Italians, Belgians, and Brits are buried on our soil … after defending us against our enemies? We don’t ask for praise … But we have absolutely no need to apologize! … Do think about this. Thank you.
Americans are buried [104,366] in Europe that fell in WW2: 4,410 are at Brittany, France; 2,289 Americans lie at Aisne-Marne, France; 5,329 lie at Ardennes, Belgium; 468 lie at Brookwood, England; 3,812 lie at Cambridge, England; 5,525 lie at Epinal, France; 368 at Flanders Field, Belgium; 4,402 at Florence, Italy; 7,792 at Henri-Chapelle, Belgium; 10,489 at Lorraine, France; 5,076 at Luxembourg; 14,246 at Meuse-Argonne, Belgium; 8,301 in the Netherlands; 6,012 lie at Oise-Aisne, France; 861 at Rhone, France; 7,861 at Sicily, Italy; 1,844 at Somme, France; 1,541 at Suresne, France; and 4,153 at St. Mihiel, France.
There are many more buried here in the United States in fifty states who served and fell for a cause they believed in. The United States did not get involved with conflicts occurring in Europe and the Pacific Theater until 1941, when the dastardly attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii occurred. Ever since then we have committed our members of the Armed Forces and our resources to stop “small” wars from becoming world wars. However, we have transgressed against the advice given by the Founders, that included George Washington who insisted that we not involve the US in foreign conflicts unless war is declared against the US or a physical attack occurs. We need to return to that philosophy and insist that we no longer send our troops, air force, and navy to other nation’s wars; but remain strong in defense and ready to send armed forces anywhere in reasonable provocation; especially when the economy can no longer support such endeavors.
It is refreshing that a fellow American actually understands that Memorial Day is for the fallen, not living veterans – a separate day set aside for living veterans.
Retailers have commercialized the day [with the help of the media] and others have created greetings in the form of cards or posters that read: “Happy Memorial Day”. Quite inappropriate. Happy Independence Day, yes, Happy Memorial Day, NO. It is effectively referring happiness because Americans died. I combat the disrespectful commercialization by refusing to shop over the Memorial Day weekend.
I would like to also address US Flag Etiquette, and advise that if you are flying the stars and stripes, please ensure you do so according to Old Betsy regulation; for example, the blue field when hanging the flag from the porch (not on a flag pole) is always to the right, not the left as I have seen some Americans do. If you fly a flag from a pole and do not take it down at dusk, ensure a light is shining upon it. They make solar lights now for that purpose.
Memorial Day is a remembrance day for those who have fallen from the American War of Independence to the most recent combat against Islamic fascist “terrorists”. Methods of warfare and strategies have changed, but our remembrance and thankfulness for their ultimate sacrifice should always be honored.
Memorial Day Quotes
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
William Makepeace Thackeray
True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.
François de la Rochefoucauld
It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
The best way to honor the fallen is to never forget them.
Keith Allen Lehman
Honor the fallen by acknowledging that the declared Jihad War are combatants against Free Nations and the attack upon Americans at Fort Hood, Texas was not “workplace violence” – but enacted by a Jihadist who infiltrated the US Army. Inmates at Guantanamo Bay are PRISONERS OF WAR and guilty of crimes against humanity – not “slaves” like liberal-socialists declare.