Well over 600,000 U.S. military members have died in combat. That’s not including those killed by friendly fire, those missing in action, or those so mentally scarred from battle, they saw no hope but to end their own lives. Add in those souls and the number soars to the millions.
That’s millions of men and women–some, no more than children–who paid the highest price.
Let’s just live in peace, we say. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Alas, there has been and always will be bullies. Which means there has been and always will be those who must stand up to them.
So as we head into a three day weekend, let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day: to remember those who gave their lives, on behalf of us all . . . and those they left behind.
Not that we can’t enjoy the sun on our faces, good food, and the company of those we love, mind you. As a matter of fact, any decent memorial requires such. But amidst our living, let us remember the sacrifice–and be grateful.