Memorial Day is not all about having a BBQ with family and friends. It’s not about the end of school or that Summer is right around the corner. It is about remembering the brave men and women who have died fighting for our freedom. It is the day that we honor and remember those taken from this world while fighting.
Our military has fought so many wars against so many different powers just so we can have the freedom we do today. Everyday we lose men and women overseas who are fighting for our freedom. Ever since the beginning of this country, we have lost brave men and women who were willing to give up their lives for you and me.
The Cost of Freedom:
American Revolutionary War: 25,000
War of 1812: 15,000
Mexican-American War: 13,283
Civil War: 655,000
Spanish-American War: 2,446
World War 1: 116,526
World War 2: 405,399
Korean War: 36,516
Vietnam War: 58,209
War in Afghanistan: 2,401+
War in Iraq: 4,550+
It breaks my heart to see these numbers. We have lost so many brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. There are times that I fume over how ungrateful and selfish our country has become. Many people oppose the military and those brave men and women who are serving in it. Many people want to get rid of our military. Yet, without these men and women, we would not have freedom.
Our country has become so selfish. We see someone laying down their life for us and we turn a blind eye. We are so selfish and caught up in Hollywood that we sob when a popular actor or actress die YET we don’t ever talk about the hundreds of men and women dying overseas for us. How sick is that?! Now I am not saying that we shouldn’t be sad when actors die but it sickens me to see that they get so much while our military gets so little.
There are things that our department of defense and military do that no one will ever know about. They protect us so much more than we could ever fathom.
I will stand by these brave men and women till my last breathe. They are more courageous than anyone else will ever be. They fight through hell at times for us. They deserve the praise and recognition. They deserve much more than what they are getting now.
Remember what Memorial Day is about, it’s not about BBQs or parades. It is about the sacrifice that so many have made to keep our country free.