The American Revolution, The War of 1812, The Mexican-American War, The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, The Moro Rebellion, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan, The War in Iraq, the War on ISIL.
Skirmishes, engagements all over the globe.
I feel so indebted to the men and women who fought and especially the many who died.
I don’t know them. I don’t know their families. I don’t know their lives. I don’t know their dreams. I do know about their sacrifices.
My Father served in the 101st Airborne Division. I cherish the black and white photo of him as a young man in his uniform looking so smart and ready for duty.
My Husband was in the Cavalry. I still have his ornamental sword and stirrups.
My sons have been spared active military duty.
There are countless books, memoirs, movies and more about America’s wars. Here are two that I strongly recommend.
Ken Burn’s documentary “THE WAR is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives”. PBS website.
The WAR moved me to tears. I could barely finish it. I wished my Dad or Husband had been with me to answer my questions and share my thoughts. Also, I wanted to thank them for their service.
The Fallen of World War II is a moving, graphic presentation of the cost of war in human lives. I urge you to take a few minutes to watch this.
On Memorial Day, we celebrate our freedom with family and friends.
We remember those who served and are serving now.
We remember the cost not in silver but to families, friends, and communities.
I am not sad today. I am thankful. I am determined to honor the legacy of our military by being a good citizen and by studying and upholding the Declaration of Independence and The U. S. Constitution in spirit and in law.
All gave some. Some gave all. For our freedom.