This Memorial Day we should be thankful. My flag has flown all weekend, as always, as yours should too. I have watched the television shows as the World War 2 memorial was opened. It is about time and long over due. The Greatest Generations sacrifice was unreal. Most volunteered to fight a war far from home, to free less fortunate people from harsh dictatorship. Over 400,000 lives were lost. Many never to return to the homeland again, buried on foreign soil. My Pap-paw and four uncles made this sacrifice. All returned home safe, but with many scars. All of them were decorated with medals, but they never spoke of it. One uncle won the Silver Star. His family found this out after he was home because it was printed in the local newspaper. He never bragged about it, He never asked for a thank you. I asked him about it not long before he passed away; “I never wanted a thank you, or a medal, it was an honor and a privilege to serve with such great men. To help the less fortunate and provide safety and freedom over evil dictators”
Today we are at war, in a country far away. Most volunteered to fight a war far from home, to free less fortunate people from harsh dictatorship. I wonder will these men come home with the same attitudes as the WW2 vets? I hope so. Will they never ask for a thank you and wait over 50 years for a tribute? Will we judge them on the acts of a few bad prison guards?
Like it or not, people in Iraq are better off. Children are not starving and women are not so badly oppressed. That is what Americans do and my friends that is a lot to be proud of. Yes, we should all say THANK YOU!