One of the few holidays I’ve recognized year after year is Memorial Day. There are few things more real than young men and women dying. Via Ken Lammers at CrimLaw :
As a parent, an old man, an American, a person who gives a damn, I grieve when I see this image. I don’t care about their politics, the number of twitter followers or whether they have an iPhone. I feel what their parents, spouses, children and friends feel.
General George Patten, a tough old man, famously said :
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
If only it were that simple. And to tell you the truth, I can’t seem to muster enough hatred to want the other poor bastard to die either, except to the extent it saves the life of a young American who has done nothing more than offered his or her life to defend us.
The other day, I twitted about this.
They did not give their lives for iPads, political parties, more laws or bigger prisons. They gave their lives for freedom. Honor it.
Yet most people who bother to give it any thought at all will use it to further their own agenda. As Kris Kristofferson wrote, freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. You can drape flags over the coffins, but the young men and women inside are beyond caring about the accoutrements the living place around them for their own sake. They gave it all, and have nothing left to lose. Rather than use them, honor them.