Memorial Day: Forgetting to Remember

Memorial Day.  A federal holiday designed to honor those who had given their lives in military service for the United States.

On the last Monday of May, ever since the Post-Civil War days, Americans were compelled by love of country and honor of the deceased to make a special trip to the cemetery and decorate the grave of a fallen war veteran.  Originally, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day.

Eventually the tradition evolved and now even the graves of non-military family and friends are decorated as well.  Whatever the case, it is supposed to be a time of remembrance, hence the name memorial.

Aside from the many Americans who will take the time to reflect on the steep price it took and takes to maintain their freedom, there is a growing faction of so-called “Americans” who could not care less, because they have a completely different concept of what it means to be free.

In fact, those “Americans” make special trips to places like Hiroshima, Japan and London, England to apologize for past actions by past Presidents and military leaders that were designed to defeat our enemies or something the current “Americans” view as a “core contradiction.”

To them, freedom is not something to be fought for; it is to be negotiated.  We are supposed to negotiate with known terrorist sponsoring nations, as well as those who support fascist regimes.

We will all simply be better off and live in sweet harmony with those who have viewed or continue to view us as the Great Satan of the west.

After all, why do you think there are so many terrorist sponsoring, fascist supporters on the current President’s roster of policymakers?

Does anyone in their right mind really think that such appointments have anything to do with remembering the past or with honoring those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we have in America?

Amazingly, it is that these same kinds of “Americans” then have the gall to show up at Arlington National Cemetery on a day like this to lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and make great swelling speeches, as they work feverishly to destroy America from within.

What is even more amazing is that Americans keep electing such “Americans” to lead them!  Have we lost our collective minds?

So, Memorial Day is not anything like it used to be.  Many will remember, but too many are all too willing to forget.  Summer vacations are upon us and we have our barbeque’s to attend.

If the deceased could only see and hear what is going on today in the name of freedom, they would either have to bow their heads and cry or wonder why they gave their lives as sacrifices at all.

Fellow Americans, we need to remember.  Otherwise, there are those who are currently rewriting history.  Except this time, they wish to impose their version of “freedom” upon us.

You know, a kind of freedom that those who gave their lives never knew of, nor intended.

But, then again, maybe it will take living under that kind of “freedom” to cause the naive, the ignorant, and the entitled to know what freedom actually is, much less requires to maintain, minus any apologies.


About the Author


President, Christian Apologetics Project
PhD Candidate, Northwest University (2018)
MA Apologetics w/ Honors, BIOLA University (2005)
ThM, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003)
MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000)
BA Pastoral Ministry & Bible, Baptist Bible College (1992)

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