|Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 05-24-2014 11:01 PM||1404 views||2 times favorited||32 replies|
05-24-2014 11:01 PM
I believe this should be read from every pulpit in America tomorrow, Memorial Day, 2014.
On Memorial Day, Americans should pause with solemn gratitude and deep respect for all our fallen service men and women who have had their lives taken away from them in their service to our country.
Through the generations, the courageous and selfless patriots of our Armed Forces have secured our liberty and borne at great and precious cost. When it has mattered most, patriots from every corner of our Nation have taken up arms to uphold the ideals that make our Country a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world. By answering the Call to Duty with valor and unrelenting determination, the members of our military have set a standard of courage and idealism that should inspire us all.
All Americans should honor the memory of the lives that have been taken in defense of our freedoms ………. or for the politics of our governmental leaders. Our Nation mourns them, and their example of strength and perseverance gives us resolve. All Americans should honor those whose blood was spilt by obedience to the orders and missions which were given them.
Many of our own family members have served their Country fully and faithfully, both in our lifetimes and earlier in our Country’s history. Some have left their blood on the soil of many battlefields. Some have left their very lives. Almost all Americans living today have someone close to them who has served well and faithfully. And, least we forget…….. “those who waited also served”.
I am in awe of my grandfather, Wallace Hans Sorenson, who was gassed in the trenches of the Argonne Woods during WWI and came home to render great service to his God, his family and his community. This same grandfather experienced the unimaginable loss of his only son, Sammy, (my Mother’s only brother) who disappeared after flying his bomber off an island in the South Pacific during WWII never to be heard from or seen again. I am in awe of my Uncles who served so valiantly in WWII, in the air, on land and on the seas. I am in awe of my Dad, who left so many (unseen and unknown) parts of himself all over Europe and later in Korea. I am aware of my beloved cousins and other members of my family who have served, both in times of war as well as in times of peace. My appreciation and respect for them is heartfelt.
Words cannot express my feelings as to the loss of the 58,209 men who left (not lost) their lives in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. 47,424 men were Killed in Action and 10,785 died in support of the “Conflict. What an unforgivable waste of young lives………..and for nothing! But still we served……because we were Called to Duty.
Men with whom I served……..far too many………whose names I have seen and scribed off of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C………all left indelible imprints upon me……..and are part of me to this very day.
Today we find our countrymen and (increasingly) women serving in two wars of debated benefit to our Country. It matters not at all which side(s) of these issues one may find oneself. The very fact that members of our military………some of our best, brightest and most courageous sons and daughters………are in harm’s way on a daily basis ………and must always be foremost in our minds. We must remember them. We must pray that their enemy’s activities will be foiled, that our military leaders, both on the ground and in the General Ranks, are inspired and successful in keeping our troops as safe as possible while making our enemies pay a terrible price for not ceding to our demands placed upon them. If we are to go to war, we must ask ourselves, politically and virtually…….”are we willing to boil their babies in oil”……for only if the answer is a resounding “YES” will we then have the “commitment to battle” sufficient to win.
Our Country’s loss of fallen service men and women continues to this very day and hour.
On Memorial Day, we honor all those who have died by remembering their noble sacrifice for our Country. We honor all who have served so faithfully ………. recognizing their commitment to their Country………but most of all………we honor and acknowledge their commitment to their “buddies”.
On this sacred holiday we must pray and demand that our leaders do not cause to spill the blood of our kin and countrymen without heavy hearts. They MUST feel the pain of every family separation and every wound and every death.
May we pray for the defeat of our enemies and for the peace we all seek.
May we always honor our troops, their families and their service on our behalf.
Bruce D. Ashworth