Remembering Our Fallen
Posted by Dr. Fay on May 26, 2014
Photo retrieved from Memorial Day Pictures 2014
Today we remember all those who have died in all our wars, including the Civil War, in which 600,000 soldiers from both sides (not counting civilian casulaties) died. It is these who sacrificed all to protect their homeland. Our national holiday derives its history from local remembrance days celebrated soon after the Civil War, which we have written about here. A number of states have a separate remembrance date for their Confederate dead, which we discussed here. All of those have already taken place from January through May of this year except in Virginia, where Confederate Memorial Day is observed concurrently with the national holiday.
All of our fallen heroes left family and friends heartbroken. Many children grew up without their fathers, and many were never born to young men and women who fought and died for their country. On Memorial Day today, we remember the sacrifices made by our brave soldiers and by those who loved them. May the hearts of those who are remembering such a loss today be comforted, especially those whose loss is recent.
Here is the Memorial Day greeting Governor Palin posted on her Facebook page this morning:
Enjoy this long, glorious spring weekend, and please never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. We set this time aside to honor the men and women who for generations have ensured our safety and our ability to spend a day like this in freedom and peace. They are more than just names on gravestones in national cemeteries and battlefields. They were someone’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, and friend. As President Reagan said, on Memorial Day we remember “those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.”
Thank you, God, for instilling the passion for freedom in these patriots. Thank you for equipping America with the resources to defend the liberty You have given us.
Please remember our active veterans today as well as those who have fallen. Every American should feel outrage at any injustice done to our veterans seeking what was promised them when they volunteered to defend the homeland. They are owed the health care they have already paid for. Friends, be determined to right the wrongs our vets face today.
President Lincoln knew our military heroes as “those who gave the last full measure of devotion” for our freedom; let’s continue Lincoln’s legacy of respect and always keep faith with our veterans. They, more than any, deserve our country’s unending respect and gratitude.
– Sarah Palin
Last night, she posted this message on her Facebook page:
A friend asked me to share the link below – such a worthy cause that costs nothing but your energy. To honor our fallen on Memorial Day, this effort encourages runners and walkers to wear blue and dedicate the miles you put in tomorrow to America’s finest who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. God bless them, their families, and all who honor them!