I love veterans and I want to state for the record that I am very thankful for them. I also have to state that there is a holiday in this country called Veteran’s Day and it is on that day that I give them special honor. Today is Memorial Day and this day is about the dead. More specifically it is about the men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. For your freedom as well. Today is about the flag draped coffin, the silent tombstone with flag stuck in the ground beside it and the empty chair that will never be filled. It to remember those that did not come home alive. To remember their family and say an inadequate ‘thank you’ to them as well as pray for them that their struggle to come to come to terms with that empty chair.
I am probably more reflective about these things than most. I have studied history a lot and it easy to look at numbers of casualties and not really feel anything. That is the danger. 25,ooo men died in the revolutionary war never knowing or enjoying the freedom they would win. Since then 1,350,000+ men and women have died to preserve that freedom. It is a large toll of blood and death. It gives new meaning to many verses of patriotic hymns. It should give us a little more feeling than a little joy I that we get a few more days off from work.
The point is that as you are siting around your campfire, the backyard BBQ or whatever it is you do that it is made possible because people died to allow you to do it. Your comfort, liberty and freedom to enjoy life, build your life and celebrate its moments was made possible because someone held those things as worth more than their own life. It is debt we can never repay but at least we should be able to respect them and their families by honoring them with a reflective moment, a thank you, a prayer and then going out and enjoying the freedom the bought for us.