Friday, May 22, 2015

At the Going Down of the Sun

Perhaps Memorial Day seems like a time to put flags on old headstones and remember our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. Perhaps it seems to be just a day off form work to mark the start of summer. It’s not. It’s about remembering the sacrifice made by very young men to preserve our country. Day by day, year after year, we send young men into harm’s way and not all of them come back.

We cannot repay their service, we cannot do or say anything to ease the loss to their families, all we can do is remember.


They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.
–Laurence Binyon

2 comments:

OldAFSarge said...

Amen...

genericviews said...

The only meaningful ways to memorialize the dead:

1. Stop sending more of them to die. We Fail this in a huge way.

2. Preserve the hard fought victories so that more do not need to die to regain them in the future. We fail this in a huge way. We defeated Fascism only to elect fascists here. We defeated communism only to vote it in enthusiastically here. Why did those men die in Vietnam? Why Grenada? Why Korea? Why anywhere in the Iraq or afghanistan? Why "fight them over there so they don't come here" and then institute a policy to bring them here by the millions?

Honoring the dead is futile and not a Christian practice.

If anything, memorial day should be a day where we don't honor the dead. it should be a day we apologize to them.