People who say, “Happy Memorial Day,” don’t understand; it’s a day to remember the fallen. It is the soldier we honor and remember.
Many of us served without combat experience or survived it unscathed. We’re the lucky ones. This is the day we remember those who didn’t. Honor them. A silent prayer or a toast to our fallen comrades.
We wouldn’t be able to live the lives we have without the soldier.
Quotes from books, poems, etc., aren’t my strength. Even though I’m educated in academics and life, I’m a proud blue-collar simpleton.
There’s a poem I love called “It is the Solder…”
This poem has meaning for me. Elites and politicians oppose it because it strikes at the foundation of why we have our freedoms. It’s the soldier, not them!
No one wants war, and thus, not everyone looks at a soldier willing to sacrifice himself or herself as anything but a tool of destruction.
We understand you may not like or care for us, but we have nothing without us.
To my peers who have fallen in battle, God Bless and much love on your current journey that awaits us all.
“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
~ Charles M Province (there’s some confusion as to the author)
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