They silently stand watching over the Country they love. They made the ultimate sacrifice, offering their lives for a simple piece of cloth with stars and stripes. They stand watch at Gettysburg, the Argonne Forest, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Inchon, the Ia Drang Valley, Baghdad, Fallujah and across the world. They are America’s fallen warriors.
We owe them for the very way of life we enjoy.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established after the Civil War to remember the nearly 750,000 men who died in the Civil War. In the 20th century it was expanded to include all fallen American soldiers.
They volunteer to serve. They know death is a real possibility, yet they volunteer. They leave family and friends and they volunteer. It is not for the money as they are woefully underpaid. It is not for the glory as that seldom comes. It is rarely about the politics of the war for they usually understand it as little as you and I. They volunteer for their country. They volunteer for something bigger than the individual, bigger than the politics. They volunteer for the stars and stripes.
They are sent off to foreign lands. Some will never know of their return. Coming home in a flag draped coffin. They gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Since the revolutionary war to the war on terror they have given their lives for our flag.
As you fire up the grill and jump into the pool this Memorial Day take a few minutes to remember those who have laid down their lives for America. Think about those who risk their lives for the flag today. Think of the young man, walking up the lonely road, alone, to diffuse an IED. Think of the young woman driving up the Afgan road lwatching for an ambush. Think about the reservist who left their spouse and children knowing return was not guaranteed. Think about the flag they defend. Think about the flag they care so deeply for. Think about the flag that drapes the coffins of those who never return.
I love America’s flag. I get choked up when I take time to really look at it. It represents what we stand for. Our flag stands for everything that makes up America. Those soldiers that have fallen for our country, are part of who we are. They are woven into the history and fabric of America. Take a moment this weekend to look at our flag and think about what it stands for. Think about those who fought and died for the flag. Think about those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.
God Bless America. God Bless are fallen Heroes.