Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day, 2009

Fallujah

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate... we can not consecrate... we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract...
— Abraham Lincoln
The Gettysburg Address

Every day should be Memorial Day; every day we should remember the costs of our unique freedoms and the men and women who paid that costs in full measure. And yet it is so easy to set aside the images from foreign lands, the news reports, the knowledge that the ultimate price is being paid on a daily basis.

And so we have a day to remind us all of that part of America, our soldiers, who are indeed the best, most honorable part of us all.

My thoughts today are with my many friends in harms way, in Afghanistan, outside of Baghdad, in other unnamed places, and my deepest hopes and prayers that they all return to us safely.

I honor the memory of those who fought and those who fell, and of those who never quite found their way home from foreign battlefields. I honor the memory of my father and his service, my high school friends who found their destinies in the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia.

Above all, we must never forget the fragility of our freedoms and the price others pay for us to keep it. On the day we forget that price, we are all lost.

Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
Mother Earth will swallow you
Lay your body down
— CSN&Y
Find the Cost of Freedom

5 comments:

Dandapani said...

It's a shame our CIC can't figure out the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Hazcat said...

Dandapani,

What ya talking about? Did the idiot put his foot in his mouth yet again?

Dandapani said...

Ya, the big cheese was quoted at a recent Memorial Day event talking about thanking a Veteran for their service, and all, missing the point that "Some gave all". Appreciating our Veterans in general is a Vet Day thing. Remembering those who "gave all" is what Memorial Day is about.

Just google "obama confused memorial day and veterans day"

Eric said...

"Later in the day, the president headed to Fort Belvoir, Va., to play golf."

That quote is the last sentence in this AP article: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090525/D98DGOR00.html

Anonymous said...

God bless 'em all. the mushroom