Honoring those who died for us… or are we? A good number of Americans can’t tell you what Memorial Day is all about. While some will tell you it’s about a long weekend, others will say it’s another BBQ day. The real Americans will tell you that it is a day to honor those Americans who died to give us the FREEDOM to forget what the day is about, or to remember what the day was about. The freedom to go out on the lake or to the park with your family. The freedom to do just about anything you wants.
The Freedom to call President Obama inept, former President Bush a liar, and for former President Clinton to say “I never had sexual relations with that woman” several times. It is the freedom to openly ridicule our President, Government and troops to all the world without fear of becoming a political prisoner or being taken out back and being shot.
The ability to protest with out being killed, as you see happening in many countries.
I will tell you what I will be remembering… I will remember that it was American soldiers that freed my mother and her family from Italy in WWII, so that she could come here and we could have a better life. By today’s standards America would probably have been told they should have stayed out of that war also because the oppressed people didn’t actually ask for their help.
I will be remembering all the dead American soldiers that died for others all around the world so they could be free from communism or oppression from dictators so that others could enjoy the freedoms that we have.
I will remember how American lives were given on foreign soil, twice, to liberate France so they could have the freedom to come against us in many ways during these last few wars with terrorism. I will remember the how American lives were also given to liberate Germany so they could also have the freedom to come against last few wars with terrorism.
Some may say that we Americans think that we are so good and righteous that we need to be the “Policemen of the World”. I don’t think that is it at all. I think it’s no different than when most good Americans who aren’t wrapped up in their own lives or agendas see another person in real need, stop and help, without any need for repayment.
What I will be trying to forget is all the bitterness that I hear in the news. I read in the paper how the world is outraged at the way we Americans are treating the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, while there is virtually nothing written about the DEAD American bodies being dragged through the streets of IRAQ.
I will be trying to forget all the pictures of the destruction being shown to us from oversees and trying to envision some of the articles I have read about Americans rebuilding schools, hospitals, and homes and the children having places of education, with electricity and hot running water, and the AMERICAN soldiers who put themselves in harms way to protect others who can’t protect themselves.
I will be remembering the 9/11 victims. Not because they were brave soldiers, but because we can’t let it happen again… here or anywhere else.
A sincere thanks to all the AMERICANS that selflessly gave their lives, be it by death or by service in the armed forces, who have made this country a safer place for me and my family. I only wish I could repay the debt.
May God continue to bless you and your families.