Monday, May 27, 2013

On Behalf of a Grateful Nation....




On this day one year ago I wisely filled with this space with something so pitch-perfect that I wish I could take credit for writing it.  I cannot.  I can however take credit for driving the car most places we needed to get to while his mother raised its author.  And I can take credit for being smart enough to once again share his words in this space for your eyes to read and for your soul to absorb....

Just A Thought

 
I started thinking in this time of war what this day means. It is for those who didn't come back. They didn't come back to their mothers, their wives or their kids. They stormed beaches, fought and died in foreign countries. All that returned was a box and a folded flag.

I recently attended a Springsteen concert in North Carolina. I traveled by plane through this American land because I could, because I am free - and because of the generosity of some good friends. As Springsteen played a song called
"Last to Die" I got emotional. The song asks, "Who'll be the last to die...." presumably in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It does not matter what you think of the American involvement in these wars. What does matter is that we remember these brave American servicemen and servicewomen.

Meanwhile I am enjoying a Springsteen concert, enjoying a beer and enjoying starting a career with the best government in the world; enjoying freedom. How can I do this? These are my brothers, my peers, guys my age fighting and dying. They volunteered so I didn't have to. They're not coming back to their favorite band, their favorite beer, their families or the state they grew up in.

Their children will not know their fathers. They will know only their sacrifice and some stories their mothers will tell. They sacrificed for someone they will never meet - you and me.

Remember them today.

-RJM

....words whose breadth and depth belied their creator's youth.  Rob was, after all,  just twenty-two when he wrote them. 

Today is a day on which we the people of these United States should resolve to set aside our petty differences and pay tribute to those whose blood and whose sacrifice forged this nation and to those who have died - in the two and one-half centuries since its inception - ensuring that the nation our forefathers fought to create shall endure.  And shall flourish.  We honor them not simply by laying wreaths at their graves and observing moments of silence.  We honor them by doing our part to ensure that the freedoms, the liberties and the opportunities for which generations of American servicemen and servicewomen have fought and died remain inviolate....

....from sea to shining sea.

-AK

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