I like a three day weekend as much as the next guy. I enjoy picnics and baseball, hot dogs and hamburgers and all the other trappings of Memorial Day weekend.
But in our leisure, let us never forget what Memorial Day actual is.
It is a day set aside, for us to remember that good men and women laid down their lives for us to enjoy our way of life. They answered the call their country sent out and gave fully of themselves in their duty. They have not gone forth as conquerors but as liberators.
As Colin Powell so eloquently put it in 2003:
“We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works.”
Over this globe, there are Americans who have earned the ground in which they are interred by defending to the last all that was good and noble and proud in the heart of the American spirit.
The following video highlights three men from the recent Afghanistan conflict who gave the last full measure to protect their own men at great risk to themselves and died as they lived…heroes.
On this Memorial Day…they, and all those who have sacrificed their lives for us, should be remembered and thanked.
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