(Taken May 24, 2015)
Strange thing to say on a day of remembrance, a strange holiday in fact. Amid all the reverie-I remember spending many memorial day playing tag; chasing rugrats, ending-up with their ice cream draped on my clothes-we take time, at least we should, to honor those who paid the ultimate price while serving in the US military.
“…Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die…”*
WHATEVER the reason, patriotic call of duty, a military family tradition, a way to escape economic hardship, WHATEVER the reason-No matter how we individuals feel about war, or the US global military occupation or any of the million and one negative things we can reason; we should ALWAYS divorce that sentiment from the sacrifice people take on while they don the uniform. Perhaps one day we will not need the generals; the grunts and certainly not the parasitic worms that feed off the military-those that make a lucrative business out of sacrifice. If we ever get to that day it will be because of the sacrifice of those that served.
To the fallen, Thank you, to vets and enlisted men/women I say Happy Memorial Day. I say this wholeheartedly because the fallen fought for more than their remembrance they fought for those still alive to have a good life. Remember them but live, they would want this but go out burn some burgers, clean some mess a little one made at a BBQ party, eat too much, drink too much, be happy because that is the ultimate way to honor and give thanks to those who died while serving the nation.