Here is my firm post on Memorial Day.
General George S. Patton is alleged to have said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making some other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” A motivating sentiment to those going into combat, but sadly unrealistic. The fact is that over one million men and women have died to win wars which have kept America free, as well as to give the opportunity of freedom to millions of others worldwide. Because it is not all Americans which are created equal, and deserve life, liberty, and the opportunity to pursue happiness. All men (and women!) are created equal.
Yesterday, as my son and I drove to church, I remarked on how few people fly American flags in front of their houses on national holidays anymore. My recollection growing up is that nearly everybody—with very few exceptions—flew a personal American flag in front of their house on Memorial Day, and Veterans Day, and July 4th. In fairness, I grew up a great deal on military bases, so my sample is without question skewed, but I still believe that I am, in general, correct. There was more patriotism then, less nationalism. Patriotism unites; nationalism divides.
So today, I once again say an entirely inadequate thank you to those who have given their last and best for the defense of this country. And I pray God’s blessing on America.