The Point of Memorial Day
So what is the point of Memorial Day? A large part of our society doesn’t have clue. The most important thing on this day is to remember those that have died in service to this country. Those men and women who have given their lives so that we may live the life we have today.
It often feels like this country has become so polarized that there is no way forward. We have a tendency to generalize, I know I have been guilty of this, and we tend to not really listen to what is being said by those we don’t agree with. So maybe on this day, we should take a moment to think of those who have given everything and also remember that we are all citizens of this country and that is something that can draw us together, not divide us from each other. We need to be able to disagree and still have a civil discussion, not speak about “liberals” or “conservatives” with derision. This is only further dividing us. It is respectable to be a liberal or a conservative. However, nowhere in any description of those words does it say that part of being liberal or conservative demands we be disrespectful of those who do not share our views.
As a veteran, one of the reasons I chose to serve, was to defend those rights. I also know that most, if not all, of those who died in the service to this country, also believed in those rights. So in memory of those who have died, treat each other respectfully, no matter what you or they believe, take the time to listen, and remember those who have died in the service of this country. After all, the point of Memorial Day is to remember those who gave all to this nation!