Memorial Day: Not just for BBQs

05.29.06 | Comment?

Sometimes we forget why we set days like these aside in the first place. Memorial Day is a way to reflect and remember those who have given their full measure in defense of the core ideals upon which our nation lives and thrives.

This Memorial Day I thought alot about a note that Abraham Lincoln sent to Mrs. Lydia Bixby that was publisized in the film “Saving Private Ryan.”

There is much debate over the circumstances of this letter: Mrs. Bixby was allegedly a Confederate sympathizer, not all of her sons were killed (one discharged and one deserted,) and that an aide to Lincoln wrote the letter. OK, all of that may be true. But, this communication still demonstrates an understanding of the cost of war that we don’t see frequently today. When I think about our people, fighting and surviving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and South Korea; not to mention the so called “safe” assignments at embassies and allies like Saudi Arabia; I sincerely hope it’s worth the cost.

Before you fire up the grill today, at least take a few moments to think about what the day is about and perhaps to say thank you to veterans and their families.

That’s all I’ve got to say. Thank you veterans.

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