What is Memorial Day and why do we celebrate it?
In any event, who could have foreseen that during the spring of 2020, these few weeks would have claimed more Americans to have been in action for more than a decade in Vietnam in just a few weeks? It is a worrying situation, it is full of vicious cycles, uncertainty and fear and for some, utter despair. It is a challenge that will demand the patience and solutions of skilled first-responders to lead our citizens and at all levels of government. The creativity and flexibility of our free-enterprise system will be important in the coming months, as it was during World War II.
what memorial day means
It is not cliché to say that our current situation is one more in a long line of crises facing this crisis. because it is. Progress may be slower and less linear than we would like, and the price will continue in life, but we will achieve it either way, we always do.
So, is there a connection between our war dead and the current crisis?
Yes, most assured.
More than a million members of the US military have been killed in action in this country’s wars. They are all buried in the United States and foreign cemeteries, most notably in Europe. They were from small towns and big cities. Some had wealth and privileges while many had few. Some worked on farms or in factories or had been public school students or teachers. Some had been married while some had barely started shaving. Some were experienced military professionals, while others were troubled by the Boston Massacre or Fort Sumter or Pearl Harbor or 9/11, and wanted to strike a blow in retaliation. However, most were intent on just doing their best in their uniforms, and then going home.
These are different times, even beyond the Kovid-19 epidemic. Less than one percent of the American public is serving in the military. Thus, most American families have little or no connection to the armed forces. Many of those family members have never made friends with anyone who is serving, or serving in uniform.
There is a disconnect that creates a social divide as military men and women serve and sometimes die, while the country barely notices. The burden falls on something precious, and it is a heavy burden. Many colleges have created safe spaces on campus, allowing students to avoid being hurt by “micro-aggression” that ignores their own snowfall. Do not look for them on the island of Paris anytime soon. Different times, actually.
Back to the connection between our war and the current crisis. What is this?
Well, it is in the fact that many of us feel that we are facing real life and death situations for perhaps the first time in our lives. And it is not pleasant. Those feelings were encountered in our war, no matter how dangerous a situation they were in.
what memorial day means
It is feeling a temporary loss of personal freedom whether it is by edits or an inclination towards self-preservation, or both. And some of us like it, temporary or otherwise. On a broader level, the idea of freedom was important to our war, as if they wanted to die to ensure its survival. Truth be told, more than one lake did.
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And it is in knowing that, finally, so it is described in James 4:14, “You are simply a vapor that appears for a while and then disappears.” Our war dead probably understood more deeply than anyone how fragile and fleeting human life is. And how small (and sometimes helpless) we are in the functioning of the world right now.
So, make them think about our American War, this weekend. We are connected whether we feel it or not, as fellow citizens, as fellow human beings. They deserve a place in our collective memory. They deserve our respect and admiration.
Mostly, however, they deserve our eternal gratitude.