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Today is Memorial Day

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By SGT Awesome

Today is Memorial Day, yet so many in our country haven’t the faintest clue what that means other than it is a three day weekend. This in and of itself is disturbing; however, there is something I find far more offensive. There is an undercurrent of jackassery flowing throughout this nation, not dissimilar to the pink ooze flowing under New York City in Ghostbusters 2. On the surface there is the bright, shiny smile of patriotism (the Statue of Liberty), yet when you look inside, it is filled with the pink ooze of falsehood holding together the entire facade.

The particular jackassery I am speaking of: Thanking veterans on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day, began sometime after the Civil War to remember those who died fighting in it. After World War 1 it became a day for remembrance for all people who died during a time of war in service to America. Post Vietnam the country became less enthusiastic about supporting the military and patriotism lost its appeal. In 1971 the day of remembrance was changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May to ensure a three day weekend. The following decades lacked a simple, definable enemy that had united America in almost all previous wars and Memorial Day started losing its meaning. Towards the end of the millennium the numbers of living veterans of the World Wars had dwindled significantly, leaving most of America to only think about them when reading a textbook or watching a movie. While many people still remembered why Memorial Day existed, its true meaning was preserved by few.

9/11/01.

Muslim extremists gave America the enemy it needed to raise patriotism back to the virtue it was only couple generations prior. While many would argue the need or justification of the wars America was engaged in, support for the troops was almost a universal constant. On Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Patriot Day, the Fourth of July, etc… Americans would gather and rejoice at winning the birthplace lottery and thank those who helped supply them with the freedom and security they enjoyed every day.

Today, not even thirteen years past, and already Americans have forgotten what Memorial Day is about. Over the last decade they’ve become practiced hands at faking their patriotism to a point that it’s second nature to spew forth a meaningless “I thank the troops for their sacrifice” without even connecting it to any meaning whatsoever.

Over sixty seven hundred United States citizens have died fighting the War on Terror and yet today, on the one official day a year set aside to remember those brave souls who gave everything for us, people haven’t a clue how it is different than any other day.

So today, when put on your red, white, and blue mask in an attempt to once again fool everyone into believing in your pretension, I am calling you out. You do not care about the troops and you certainly don’t care about those who have given their life. If you truly did, you wouldn’t be thanking a veteran, you’d be remembering the ones who didn’t come home. You’d be comforting the families of those we’ve lost. You’d understand what the word memorial means.

R.I.P. Ladies and Gentlemen… You are gone, yet never forgotten.

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  1. John

    May 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Well said!

  2. Nancy

    May 26, 2014 at 9:59 am

    As I leave my extended family basking in the sun at the beach I am ashamed of all of us. Not only have we not reflected on what our soldiers have done for us by sacrificing their lives, but we more importantly have not used today to pray for their souls. It’s not too late. The day is still here. Please join me in a prayer for those beautiful men and women that so courageously gave their lives so that we could continue to live in safety.

  3. Arnelia Duque Rivo.

    May 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    My hubby is a Retired USA,my brother & sister are also Retired USN, my uncles, & cousins are also Retired USN & USAF. My Brothers & Sisters-in-law, Nephews, Cousins, Relatives & Friends are Actively serving in the Military. I wish my children will follow their dad’s footsteps because Military takes care of your family. I really love the Military Community! Being A Military Wife, I am Very Thankful and Very Much Appreciative To ALL the Young Soldiers Who Served, Fought & Lost Their Lives in the Wars For Our Safety. I Know, Being A Wife Is The Toughest Job In The Military!!! HUAHHH To ALL!!! Have A BLESSED MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE!!!

  4. Brandon Beck

    May 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    As I read this, the hair on the back of my neck stoof up and i could hear these words bellowing from a huge podium, chastising the majority of America, who.cowered well below the massive structure.
    Thanks for that, it felt great.
    In memory of my brothers… SSG E. McClellan, SGT T.Brissey, SPC P. Samples, you will not be forgotten my friends.

  5. Brett Scholten

    May 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    My wife and will be leaving in an hour to visit her dad at the Ft Sam Houston national Cemetery. Vietnam didn’t kill him, Agent Orange did. We will then spend time with friends remembering our Brothers and Sisters who did not come home, or remembering people like Scott F. Thomas, ANG (RET) who died from a deployment related illness.

    Some of us will never forget.

  6. Brandon Beck

    May 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    As I read this, the hair on the back of my neck stood up and i could hear these words bellowing from a huge podium, chastising the majority of America, who cowered well below the massive structure.
    Thanks for that, it felt great.
    In memory of my brothers… SSG E. McClellan, SGT T.Brissey, SPC P. Samples, you will not be forgotten my friends.

  7. leftoftheboom

    May 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Do we demand they pay attention, or was their freedom to ignore us, part of what we fought for, part of what our our fallen died for?

    Did we serve for them to be grateful? It would be nice. It would be outstanding to have a nation that recognized the sacrifice of the fallen and those who lived but carried the scars.

    Today is a day set aside to remember. I will remember. And as much as it hurts me, I will not require anyone else to participate unless they want to.

    Because in the end, I was willing to serve. I appreciate only those who are willing to care that I did. As to the rest, they have the freedom to ignore, and I have the same to ignore them.

    I did not volunteer to serve so people would be grateful. Nor will I demand gratitude of them. If they offered, it would be cheapened by the demand.

    Today I remember those names that reside with me. The rest I leave to fate. I may feel different tomorrow. Today, I feel the loss.

    Rest In Peace Brothers and Sisters. Rest In Peace.

    • Ryan

      May 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Well said.

  8. just another Dirt Bag

    May 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    “…our countrymen have all the folly of the ass and all the passiveness of the sheep in their compositions…If we are saved France and Spain must save us…”

    -Alexander Hamilton

  9. Just a solider

    May 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I hate people so much. The comments here are as stupid as the people who say, “Happy Memorial Day”.

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