Memorial Day became a Federal Holiday on May 30, 1868. It was established to honor those who died in battle protecting our country and helping protect other countries as well. We have been in more wars than most people realize. The American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan were the ones I found while looking for wars that Americans have fought in. While we are still fighting on other shores, it amazes me how much we had to fight on our own land.
It reminds me of all the wars and battles I’ve read about in the Bible. Someone was always trying to take over the Israelis. David and Saul fought for years to keep God’s chosen people from being under the rule of non-believers. It was 2000 years before Israel finally became it’s own nation once again, on May 14, 1948 after being ruled by others including the Ottomans and Great Britain, and still, there are those factions, those who think that they should rule Israel fighting near her boundaries and around the surrounding areas.
When I looked at the figures of those of our service men that have died through the years fighting this wars, I was shocked, Between the American Revolution up to the War in Afghanistan, close to one million service men and women have died protecting our freedom and the freedom of others.
Yet, in my opinion, we have wars going on right here in our own country. Small wars that may at some point escalate into a full Civil War that will leave us vulnerable to outside forces. Between the specially formed groups like BLM, WLM, Neo-Nazis, different gangs that take over whole neighborhoods and have turf wars and different Mafias that are doing the same, we may at some day have to defend ourselves and our homes.
I worry about this generation that will some day step into the roles that our government holds right now. Society has become complacent and allowed an “everything goes” attitude to take over our nation, yet, we have young people who want to take away our right to protect ourselves, and we have young people who have to have a “safe” room to go to if someone hurts their feelings, and we have young people who feel it is alright to just take the lives of those they don’t like and we have ones who don’t think their generation should have to work for a living.
Are we shortening the days of this once great country by ignoring the wars on our own land? So while everyone is enjoying that Barbecue, that picnic, that fun time with relatives and family, think about where our country is heading and wonder, how many more Memorial Days will we be allowed to have.
I am thankful to have been raised in a generation that was proud of America, a generation that believed in our freedom, our way of life, a generation who thought it was their duty to serve and protect us no matter what the cost.