Lost Remberences - Rembered
Hello WA Community. Many of us, at least for those of us here in the US, are enjoying a holiday weekend. Most are planning to simply get away, even if it is only for a 3-day weekend...to get away from our busy lives before the start of the coming heat of summer days. The average person is already going at full speed with work, kids and family needs.
Most of the WA Community not only have these commitments, but have made the additional commitment of building a future through by using the blue print provide here at WA. A commitment of time and effort that for most turn 8 to 10 hour work days into 12 to 15 hour days or more. In other words almost everyone in the WA Community are even far more busy than most people are.
This weekend here in the US, we have a federal holiday that is always taken on the last Monday of May. Sadly, because most people in our country are so busy, we're are just glad to have an extra day away from work. We for get to take a step back and really think about what that holiday really is all about, any why it is a holiday to start with. Even more sad is the fact that unless today's kids taught what this holiday is all about.
As this weekend is spent doing whatever it is that you may have planned to do...be it a full blow vacation or a sort one, or a cookout with family and/or friends or simply staying at home, at some point I hope each of you will take at least a few minutes to truly think about what this weekend's holiday is all about. Take time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.
A some point today and/or tomorrow please take some time and remember. Remember that without all the sacrifices of so many throughout the history of this great country, none of us would have the freedom we enjoy today.
Sacrifices that began with the first shots of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord that began our fight for independence, that continued with the signers of our Decoration of Independence and eventually ended with the siege and eventual surrender at Yorktown. There we're smaller wars to remember, such as the Northwsst Territory and both Barbary Wars followed by the War of 1812, as well as those who fell fighting for the independence of Texas and then War with Mexico.
We must also remember those that fought and sacrificed as a young country struggled to find its identity, a struggle that pitted brother against brother a Civil War in which more American lives would be lost than in all our other wars we have fought combined. There we're sacrifices made in smaller wars that followed, such as the Spanish-American War, but as America began to mature, so did our presence in the rest of the world leading us to our eventual late involvement of World War I.
The sacrifices in each of these conflicts are mostly long forgotten memories that exist only on the pages of books, and are only briefly mentioned to our children, if at all, in today's classrooms. So many paid the ultimate price so long ago to give this great nation the foundation it needed to stride forward and become a nation to be looked up to.
Sadly, the sacrifices made by so many in Europe during the "war to end all war", we're not the last that our country has had to give. As the aging few survivors from World War II still pay their respects to their fallen brothers each year on this day, the tremendous sacrifices from that war which ended some 73 years, will very soon be only written memories any a few pictures as the last of those that fought and survived, will soon be no more.
But even with all the sacrifices by those I have already mentioned, there are many, many more. There are thousands more that need to be remembered, for they too paid the ultimate price so that we each enjoy our freedoms and liberty. After WWII, we became involved in the Korea conflict (officially the US never declared a state of war with North Korea), then the Vietnam War, followed by the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
So many Americans have paid the ultimate price fighting for this great country. Memorial Day has been set aside as a day for each of as to pay our respects to all those that have fallen.
I hope this post finds all WA members well, and that you appreciate the short walk back in time to remind us just how many sacrifices from so many that we should be remembering.