Today is Memorial Day in the United States. I don’t think many people in this country care what it’s called or what it commemorates, only that it’s a public holiday, and as the first long weekend of the summer, folks use it as an opportunity for a vacation. I know because the Museum was awfully *busy* on the weekend, one of the tourists told me it took him an hour to get into the parking lot on Sunday afternoon.
|Memorial Day Traditional: May 30
Observed: last Monday of May
According to Wikipedia Memorial Day is a public holiday in the U.S. observed on the last Monday of May to commemorate all the U.S. Service Members who died while in military service.
I think it’s sad that so few people care, because our young men and women are currently fighting two wars for us, and according to the Washington Post (5.29.2011) – 6,013 have died:
- 4,442 in Operation Iraqi Freedom
- and 1571 in Operation Enduring Freedom
My post today is in honor of all the men and women who gave their lives in service to this country.
My deepest sympathy to all those mothers-fathers-wives-husbands-children whose loved ones died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I also want to bring to your attention the numbers of off duty soldiers, members of the National Guard and Army Reserves who are dying by their own hands: 80 committed suicide in 2009, 145 last year.
Of every year
The little valiant
On every fallen
Symbol of what
Each died to save.
And we who see
And still have breath–
Are we no wiser
For their death?
~Dorothy Brown Thompson~
Six thousand-and-thirteen is six thousand-and-thirteen too many, and that doesn’t count the thousands who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, missing limbs… oh god. Enough! Enough!
Please sir, please President Obama, bring our young people home.