May 29, 2017
It is for good reason that Memorial Day stands as the soberest of official American holidays. Those who have lost their lives in the service of our country merit the pause. The numbers, names and narratives are so numerous as to otherwise silently slip from our grasp.
Though we frequently speak of our War Dead as “defenders of freedom,” it can be argued that many have served and been lost to a far less noble mission. A truth that cannot be tarnished is how they served – objectively measured by their suffering and sacrifice.
The ways Americans recognize Memorial Day are many. That spectrum includes reverent graveside ceremonies, cookouts, toasts, running up the flag or possibly a favored war film on Turner Classic Movies. Another way is to simply take a minute in reflection. Visualizing what so many have experienced in our history – the heat, the cold, the uncertainty, the fear, the loneliness – and most powerfully – the relentless shadow of death.
On this sober day, please take a minute and listen. If the silenced voices could speak, experience tells us three things they would share – “Keep America’s beacon alive, take good care of those who serve in our stead – and don’t forget us.”
Buncombe County Republican Party
You may also appreciate this excellent Saturday WSJ editorial on this same subject –