This is a day for remembering and honoring all men and women of the US Armed Forces who have fought, given their lives and lost much. The least a country can do is honor their memory; not only their memory but honor their surviving sons and daughters and wives and friends, ones who live on without their loved ones. Recently some Veterans were added to the list of Memorial Day memories, crassly driven there by complete incompetence, cruelty and greedy VA administration working under the auspices of the commander-in-chief himself; yes the same man who has been the head of other scandals as well. No, the buck never stopped with him, ever. In fact this President never knew the significance of the term. This Memorial Day is special amidst many tears and remembrances of people lost but not forgotten, a day borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor its dead.
Chad Storlie, retired Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and Iraq combat veteran put it eloquently, “Memorial Day, we remember those that fell in combat during America’s conflicts. It could be a U.S. Army paratrooper at Bastogne during World War II, a U.S. Marine on the banks of the frozen Chosin Reservoir in Korea, a U.S. Navy Sailor patrolling the Mekong Delta in Vietnam or a U.S. Air Force pilot bombing southern Iraq during Desert Storm. We remember them all, their courage, sacrifice, professionalism, dedication and the essence that made them devote their life to their country.”
“The Memorial Days since 9/11, we have primarily remembered those that have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nor can we forget the “small” wars of Panama, Haiti, Somalia and Lebanon, as well as countless other terrorist attacks where American servicemen and servicewomen died. For America, remembering the sacrifice of others is not enough. The Americans who died in combat died acting with the conviction, dedication and passion that they were making America and the world safer and better. They were right and we need to repay their devotion with a dedication to act to make America better, just as they were doing when they fell. We need to act in a way that makes America better.”
Perhaps, Obama could listen to the voices of ones gone by, those brave men and women who did what they did without questioning. They were not ridden by imagined guilt of a country gone wrong, a country that overstepped its boundaries, its people made to feel bad for what they were and are. In Obama’s world, American exceptionalism must be brought down, a goal he has engaged in since he stepped into office. It is doubtful Obama honors the precious commodity of freedom, the same freedom that he uses, to shred its people and their place of sustenance, the place they call home; a place that millions of men and women fought to preserve so that Obama could pretend to sit on its throne and behave like a king. Obama has shamed the memory of millions who died fighting everyone’s war. And what has Obama done? Nothing, only reluctantly laid a wreath, added another 40 to the number, of dead, in their house, not even on the battlefield!
All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic: General John Logan.