Meaning Of Memorial Day

The Very Rev. John da Costa said: “I have nothing but amazement at the silence of so many of the political leaders of the world. I have nothing but sadness that our churches have failed so badly to practice what we preach. May God forgive us all, and may he bring all those who died so suddenly and unprepared into the light of His glorious presence… TheSilence is Deafening.” And I look at what we are doing, anywhere and now. Our political leaders for the past 50 years have slowly let us down. From President Kennedy denying air support to the Cuban “Returnadados” to Trump down-playing and understating our commitment to the worsening situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For all of you out there that have forgotten, WE are the last bastion of the free world. Growing up, our parents, our churches and our government, taught us that the strong help the weak. But it appears to me that if there isn’t something in it for our elected leaders, we don’t help anyone. And it doesn’t matter who is the current Supreme Commander when you’re dead or wounded.

Three days from now is Memorial Day, a day of reflecting on those who gave their all to defend the policies of the U.S.

Over the past years, our government has taken this solemn day and made it into a threeday holiday when all that was necessary was a moment of silence.

I am not an “anti-war” advocate or a “peacenik.” I am one who has been there and done that. Without question. This Memorial Day, I would like all of you to think about what death and dying are about. Not just for our heroes, but for those caught in the quagmire of warfare. Those who were caught up in Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia, Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan and those countries that most of you have never heard of. It is time for us all to look back at what made our country great.

It wasn’t our great lands, our abundance of foods or our industrial might, it was those warriors who responded to our government’s call that made us free.

Those souls that without question did our countries bidding. Right or wrong, they did their duty and died to keep us free. Twice a year, we honor those warriors, those who died, and those who were lucky enough to return.

This Memorial Day, as you surround yourselves with friends, food and parties, give a moment of silence for those who can’t be with us. Remember for just a moment that “All gave some – Some gave all!” And it has nothing to do with… The Water!

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