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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Memorial Day

It's pretty bad when the last two posts on a Republican blog are from a Democratic blog, but good writing overrides partisanship:

Memorial Day takes on a special meaning whenever the United States has soldiers actively engaged overseas. It moves beyond the honored remembrance of those living and dead who gave so much in the past so that this country could become and remain a beacon of freedom in the world, beyond abstract but deserved rhetoric of valor and heroism, to a very concrete notion of sacrifice. As we gather with our families and friends for barbeques and trips to the beach this weekend, we should all take a few moments to remember those, our friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, who cannot be with us on this holiday. It is also proper to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and who’s families will never again have their presence at a barbeque, to recall those who, as Abraham Lincoln said, “gave their lives that [this] nation might live.”

No matter how one feels about this and other wars, these men and women, all, are heroes. They have risked or given their lives for this country, for its ideals and principles, and for all of us who enjoy the privileges of being American citizens. Though individuals may commit atrocities in the fog of war, though leaders may wonder astray from what we feel is the proper course, that in no way demeans the noble sacrifice of our soldiers or the honor and respect they deserve.
-Mike Mckain

1 Comments:

  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well Said.

    Thank you.

    Grump

     

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