As we approach the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 26, 2014 I would say stop and take a moment to ponder the importance of this most important holiday.
Through out history every nation has maintained a standing military force to protect their citizens from foreign aggression and to protect their other interest through out the world.
Until sometime in the 1970s if memory serves me, America maintained the “draft” system, which mandated that all capable males of a certain age were required to serve a predetermined period of time in the armed services of this country, which was referred to as a “military obligation.”
The concept of this type of system was solid in theory, however, like everything else instituted by man, the administration and management of this system was flawed and unfair to many.
Many of us who were raised to see the military obligation as an honor and a duty to serve our country, volunteered and enlisted in our preferred branch of the military service on our own accord. Not every male of drafting age was physically and mentally acceptable for the draft.
In all armed conflicts there are going to be casualties on both sides … the only question is how many? When a person enters the armed services, one thing is certain, they have put themselves in a position to pick up arms in defense of our country and are willing to lay down their lives for the benefit of those who are not military combatants. This covers every person in all branches of our various military services.
In reality this holiday is to honor all of those men and women and their families who have met this criteria along with all Veterans who have returned to our civilian population and others who have contributed to the good of our society.
Please note that all who have served in this capacity have been effected in a profound way … no one comes away unscathed. For this reason all Brothers-and-Sisters-in-arms share a bond that no civilian can possibly understand.
Because of the many freedoms we share including the right to free speech, there are some (usually a small minority) who would use this freedom as a platform to berate our way of life. Those who would opt for this type of response would do well to remember, “You are riding on my dime” and consider what it is they have personally contributed to this country. Usually the only reason we might find for a Veteran participating in a protest is to demand what was promised to us by our government.
To all of our Veterans and all who serve the common good of our society, I salute you!
God bless America, our troops and our leaders and I pray the same for Israel … So Mote It Be. ~ Selah.