The last Monday in May each year is Memorial Day, an occasion designed to remember those who have died in battle.
In an election year during which a war is in progress, I wonder how the more politically-motivated will spend their time on Monday. I wonder whether some of them will wave their flags and photos of fallen soldiers for the purpose of challenging others to get behind these heroes and support the effort. I wonder whether others will show off pictures of coffin-filled cargo jets carrying someone’s loved ones home in an effort to turn people against the leaders who sent the soldiers overseas.
I intend to reflect on the people we’ve lost…those whose names and faces I don’t know, those who I never had the chance to meet, those who had never even heard of me, yet were willing to take on the duty to protect our freedoms.
On Monday, how they got in harm’s way has no importance. It’s not about politics on Monday: it needs to be personal. On Monday, the people are all that matter.