Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

How can we ever begin to achieve the greatness of the greatest generation? I can actually see the next greatest generation emerging because the last greatest and the next greatest generations understand something about people that the generations between them failed to grasp.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
- Shakespeare's King Henry V, Act IV, Scene III

The importance of our works, our political activism, and other civilian engagements are indeed cheapened by the duty, honor, discipline, and sacrifice of our soldiers who are serving their nation, not just in Afghanistan and Iraq, but in Djibouti, the Phillipines and all over the world.

Some gentlemen respond to the effect of this contrast by besmirching the men who choose to serve, the nature of their service, the significance of their conflict, and the country they serve. I am not one of these. I recognize that we do not live in a safe world and, as has been the case since our founding, no one is going to defend the United States of America, if not our few, our band of brothers.

How much do I value the men and women serving our nation today? I could think of no greater honor, as a father, than if my eight-year old daughter were to choose to serve in the military when she is older.

Thanks to all those who have sacrificed before, and who are sacrificing now.


Blogger Mike said...

Excellent post. I join you in your praise of our armed forces.

5:37 AM  

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