I consider it a responsibility to help my children grow up with an appreciation for those who serve and an understanding of how a dedicated few, just a tiny fraction of our citizens, are willing to go forth and risk everything so that the majority can can go about their lives putting little on the line but benefitting so greatly. We are happy to take the gifts they give but those gifts weren’t ginned up out of thin air. Those who lost their lives in the the service of our country gave everything to win them for us. Those gifts were paid for by men like Danny Dietz and countless others whose names we’ll never know.
My son, who is 12, wrote a couple of lines about Memorial Day
“Memorial Day is important for people to recognize. People in the military work to keep us safe. Some of them never make it home. I think if that was me, my mom would be sad but proud. Sometimes fighting is necessary and there are things worth dying for like freedom, honor, our country and protecting people. It’s that whole, better to die on your feet rather than live on your knees, thing. Memorial Day is to recognize these people and pay tribute to them.”
One of the quotes I think about a lot is something George S. Patton said. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” I appreciate that but suffice it to say that Patton was a little tougher than I am.