I have a request that I would like to make of those people that come into my world for the next 36 hours or so. I want to get through the rest of this holiday weekend without hearing anyone say anything along the lines of "Thankful for all our servicemen and women", or "we remember all of our veterans".
This is Memorial Day weekend. Folks have loaded up the boats and polished up the BBQ. I think that's all well and good. Enjoy a three day weekend. Have a blast. Just don't thank all of our vets, you ignorant pseudo-patriotic moron. Put that flag away. You don't deserve to wave it. You aren't worthy of the lives lost by our servicemen when you can't be bothered to learn what the purpose of the day is.
Memorial Day is about remembering the dead. That's right, it's all about dead people. It's not about the official kick off of summer. It's not about getting out to the lake. It's not about having a great cook out or the start of patio beer season. It's about men, most of them young men, who believed in their country and what the country wanted of them enough to pick up a rifle and go fight. These men died offering service to this country and the people living in it.
Some of them died quickly, some slowly. Some knew it was coming, some had no idea that it was even possible they could die when they woke up that morning. A few of them not only knew they were going to die, they knew that their deaths were completely meaningless, those men still fought on.
I hope you find yourself in possession of a ice cold beer this weekend. Go ahead and open it. Stand up, take off your hat, lift that beer high, look up to heaven and say out loud, "thank you men, I remember you" and drink it down. Drink it all. While you are drinking think of the 1,321,612 who had their lives cut short in war for the benefit of this nation.
Just don't you thank "all our service men and women". We have a day for that, its November 11th. You cheapen the sacrifice of the dead when you lump them together with the living.