Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Barren fields marked off with raw white sprinkler pipe show faint rows of new blades of grass. To the front of these fields bands play, flags fly and dignitaries speak to the gathered veterans of America’s wars. It is Memorial Day 2009 and 1500+ people from around the Big Country gathered to dedicate the new Veteran Cemetery near Abilene.{{more}}Somewhere around June first, these fields will receive the first of 20,000 men and women who at one point in their life wrote a blank check to the United States for the amount up to and including their life. They will come from wars all over the world ranging from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and some places known only to those who fought there. Some will have never left the United States, not by their choice but to serve as the logistics tail for those who looked over the sights of a gun at enemy soldiers. They are all part of the US Military.Speakers cannot glorify these people for they earned glory by their actions. Speakers cannot honor these people for their dedication and sacrifice is their honor. All that speakers can do is remember and tell others of the glory, honor and willingness to serve of those who have gone before and earned us the freedoms we now have. We should remind ourselves of Benjamin Franklins’s words in the early days of our nation “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”