It is going to be a muggy and possibly stormy Sabbath here in Bagwine, Ohio today, but Memorial Day festivities are in full swing. However…
Did you ever think that maybe it would be great that if someday…
There was no Memorial Day?
Wouldn’t it be cool if at some point we in the States, or any other country for that matter, no longer had to set aside a day to honor the war dead?
Yeah, that would be cool. Idealistic? Of course, it is.
And the thought is also big minded…and out of the realm of possibility. Sure it is. I know….blah, blah, blah, Mr. Liberal.
But really? Is it a Liberal idea or one that every crying child in Tel Aviv, every anxious parent in Islamabad, every mournful mother and father in Belfast has…or once had?
I think it's an idea that all of those folks have had. And that, ironically, is what makes this world a sometime sad and lonely place.
I believe that be you Muslim, Jew, or Christian…Westerner, Asian, or African…Gay, Straight, Black, or White…we believe in much the same things.
We for the most part, want to get drunk on the champagne laughter of kids playing ball in the street.
We want to go to the grocery, or to the market, or to the bazaar, and pick out something good to feed our family for dinner.
We want to lay our heads down at night and sleep…A deep, sound sleep that doesn’t include thoughts of suicide bombers, Wall Street vagabonds, or third rate dictators.
“That would be nice”, you say, “but it’s so idealistic.”…Only to the small minded.
Those of us, of all creeds, color, political bents, and nationalities who want peace, far outnumber those of us on this planet who do not.
And yet, many cower from their desire for a peaceful life by taking shelter within the shadows of their fear…and their hate.
From the Alpine campaigns of Hannibal, to the Battle of Crecy, to the thousands who died at Shiloh, war has done nothing but left the common man and woman and their families, the very dead exclamation on someone else's point.
I would like to see that within a generation or two, Memorial Day is no longer a day in which we honor the war dead…
But rather, a day to honor the sacrifice of those who gave of themselves in a practice in which we as human beings, no longer engage.
I don’t think that is a Liberal thought. I don’t think it’s a Conservative thought. I think it’s a Human thought.
On top of that, if this idea comes to fruition, I won’t have to read “In Flanders Field” on every damn blog come this Memorial Day.
Amen, and Amen…