don't look upon myself as much more than average in most
respects. But, I do find myself reflecting on Memorial
Day in a way that, I guess, is private to me. Part of my
thoughts have to do with where and how I grew up. Part
is from having served in the military.
For most, this day is a day off from work. One can play,
work in the yard, watch TV, cook out, or just lounge
But for me:
remember that I live in the best country ever known to
mankind. We may differ in our attitudes about what (and
how) our government should do for us (or, at times, to
us), but we have freedom(s) that are envied by all those
who do not live here and can understand the concept(s)
This freedom did not come to us easy. It may be written
down on paper in the Declaration of Independence and
delineated further in the Constitution, but neither of
those documents gave us anything more than an intention
to take charge of our own lives - and what the basic
rules are for living together in this country.
Being documents, they cannot provide anything more than
a framework by which we conduct ourselves.
What HAS guaranteed our way of life HAS NOT been
political parties, laws, courts, etc. It HAS been THOSE
who were willing to sacrifice their lives so that WE may
continue on with what we do, and how we live ...
I pause to remember ...
And to reflect....
quote from President Bush at Normandy today.
''Each person buried here understood his duty, but also
dreamed of going back home to the people and things he
knew. The day will come when no one is left who knew
them. ... The day will never come when America forgets
Our nation, and the world, will always
remember what they did here, what they gave here, for
the future of humanity.''
have been to Normandy, it is impressive. But it is not
the only place where our fallen are resting. There are
other sites almost literally all over the world where
our loved ones gave their lives that we might live as we
do. They were not selfish - they GAVE ALL THEY HAD.
When the portable "Viet Nam Wall" was being moved about
the country, I gave a good sized donation so that it
could be viewed in our remote part of the country. I
know some of those names on that wall. I count myself
very lucky indeed that my name is not also there. It may
have been an unpopular war, but those who died there did
their best, and gave the ultimate - FOR US!
don't want to sound too "gooey," but I do understand
that except for those who gave their all for us, I would
not have what I enjoy
hope that I will always be able to remember ...