Posted on May 25, 2015
Posted by John Scalzi
I hope those of you celebrating Memorial Day today took a moment to think on why we note the day. Even in the middle of my own stuff, I did.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them”
Lest We Forget.
On this day we do not forget those who “gave the last full measure of devotion”.
John, I have to reflect on memorial day. My parents met because my father was inducted into the Army and sent here to SC for basic. A week after his induction, his brother died in Operation Market-Garden and is currently interred in Holland at Margraten. Thank you to the Dutch people for the care and consideration you give my uncle who was a foreigner.
I also celebrate this day to remember another uncle who survived the Korean war, and a great uncle who was a “guest” of the Luftwaffe for near a year and a half.. who came home emaciated and full of the nightmares inspired by the truth of man’s inhumanity to their fellow men.
Also, I celebrate for all of my fellow Army Engineers–past present future–who are badasses, motherfuckers and jack-knife do-it-all MacGuyvers. Seriously yall rock. ESSAYONS!
Thank you John for the beautiful sunset picture, and for offering everyone a space to speak their piece.
Thank you for posting this. I had the dreadful experience of running into a couple of people criticizing the armed forces..individual soldiers..for acts and decisions made by the United States government. Extremely sad. I am glad to see others note the great respect that is deserved by all of our military, past and present – and, though we’d rather not think about it, those who will be serving in the future, as well. Thank you for taking the time out.
@Allie D. Sadly there are military personnel who do bad acts and make everyone else look bad. This also applies to law enforcement. I have a dog in both communities. At the end of the day however there are far more Good than Bad.. it’s just that the Bad shit on the rug then wipe their ass with the fancy napkins and make the rest of their sisters and brothers look bad.
This is gorgeous!
Wow, that picture is beautiful!
I just watched Obama laying a wreath today, on Memorial Day, in honor of those men who “made the ultimate Sacrifice” by dying for our country. If I were in a war, or even not, I don’t see men dying in battle as making a sacrifice. I see them dying while trying to stay alive, dying while fighting for something that they believe in, believe in to the point that they are willing to risk death to preserve these beliefs. We, the people who send these men to war, are the ones who are sacrificing their lives, they aren’t doing this, we are. They’re just trying to stay alive so that they can come back home to a country they love and are willing to die for. If you want to look at the ultimate sacrifice, look to the men and women that you put into office who determine when and where we sacrifice men in battle. You are making this sacrifice with them, when you put them in power and encourage others like you to support the policies that lead to foreign wars.
I make a point of wishing people a “peaceful” Memorial Day; makes them think.
I tend to wonder about those who wish a “happy” Memorial or Veteran’s day; neither holiday exists for the benefit of retailers.
Can I use that picture?
Has anyone in your family served in the military?
That is a very nice photograph you have there. What about making it available for sale for a good cause? Since I’m not from the US I don’t know which charities that support veterans, but I would support one for the ability to use that photo as my desktop background.
To absent comrades.
LTC J.W.W, US Army
Taunting the tauntable since 1998
John Scalzi, proprietor – JS
Athena Scalzi, editor/writer -AMS
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