What is a truism? Well, here is an example. When young American men (and now women, unfortunately) join the military, few understand just what they are getting themselves into. Who joins the military to “hurry up and wait“? Yet that is part of the culture.
In 10 Awful Things About the That Army Nobody Tells You (soapboxie.com), Cecil Kenmill doesn’t bash the military, but he doesn’t glamorize it. We live in an odd time. Most Americans don’t quite know what to make of the military. They know it is a hard job. Many almost pity military personnel. Yet there is respect, even if it is a grudging among some. Even after they know the cost, some guys keep signing up and serving.
So what is here for Memorial Day? Different perspectives.
- “Why Do I Serve? Because Serving My Country Is Part of Serving Humanity” (huffingtonpost.com): This article provides us the opportunity to consider why one veteran served.
- Finding Their Reasons to Serve (military.com): Here we consider the variety of reasons soldiers serve.
- Serving is not for Everyone (military.com): This article reflects upon the fact that military personnel are not upset that only one percent serve.
- Veterans Remind Soldiers of Why They Serve (army.mil): Here we see the connection between those who serve now and those who have completed their service.
- Memorial Day History (va.gov): Here we reflect upon the official history of and reason for the holiday.
Memorial Day is about remembering those who gave their lives in defense of our country. So when someone speaks ill of the United States, don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Just ask a question.
Our Land is not perfect, but why are good men and women willing to fight and risk their lives for it?
The dead cannot answer anymore, but there are those still with us who can.