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.”
~ Thucydides quotes Ancient Greek historian and author, 460-404bc
Across the country, many people are enjoying a 3-day weekend in honour of Memorial Day. Perhaps as we attend family gatherings and barbecues, and flock to beaches to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer, we can take a moment to remember the original meaning of Memorial Day.
This day of remembrance was originally called ‘Decoration Day,’ and it was meant to take time to reflect upon those who died in service of this nation, first in the Civil War and now those who have lost their lives in our most recent and ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The U.S. still has many of our men and women of the armed forces stationed around the world — keeping watch and serving others. While we can and should sit and debate the size of the overblown military budget; the hazards of kowtowing to the Military Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us about; and why peace should be synonymous with survival and prosperity, it will never change the fact that our gratitude belongs to our uniformed men and women, and all of their families, as they do the jobs they were called to do — no matter how great the cost is to themselves and their loved ones.
“For love of country they accepted death.”
~ James A. Garfield
Let’s not forget those who have passed, but let’s also not forget those who have returned to us traumatised and in need of our support. And, no less important, let us not forget those who are, without media attention, missing in action and prisoners of wars that were not of their own making.
Sacrificing one’s life for freedom? It’s what America is about…and we all need to do our part to make sure that those sacrifices are not in vain.
“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.”~ Benjamin Harrison
Peace to us all.
The Brooklyn Dame is that snarky Brooklyn chick from the UK who founded Borderless News and Views. She enjoys left-side politics, economics, finance and great seafood chased with a glass of Muscato. When she’s not plotting her escape from her corporate overlords, she’s writing ‘fight the wrongs on the Right’ articles. You can follow her on Twitter and read more of her posts on the BNV site or on BNV’s Facebook page.