Monday, May 26, 2008
Memorial Day, May 26, 2008
What is today? Just a day we get off work? Banks are closed (yeah!), post office closed.
It has lost lots of it's meaning in a country that makes lots of noise about "supporting the troops", but isn't bothered to think about these men and women who are in cruddy tents in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in places all around the world. They are away from family and home, and in harm's way. Some are the best and the brightest but most of them are just regular kids who have chosen to serve our country. Whatever their motivation is, they defend us and do for this nation what most of us are unwilling to do. Most come home, many do not, and those that do often are scarred physically and emotionally. But we live in a sinful world with people who want to kill us and destroy our way of life. Thinking nice thoughts won't get it done. Sometimes you have to defend freedom and that freedom comes with a cost. So on Memorial Day, set down the remote and step away from the grill and remember those in uniform, those who are serving now and those who served in the past at places like Yorktown, Gettysburg, Midway and Baghdad and paid the ultimate price.