Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

I could write for days about how I feel on this amazing day so many Americans and other citizens of the world have cast aside. But I won’t.

Suffice to say, there is a mountain of sentiment and a sea of memories for this day. It’s more than a three-day weekend. It’s more than a reason to take off work. It’s much more than a whimsical, political preference. It’s more than anything we can muster.

Watch the video and remember… And oh, by the way, this ain’t the forum to flare off your anti-war sentiments. Know that. It’s about the people in the war, not the ration behind it.

They gave, so we could keep. They went, so we could stay. They died, so we could live.

God bless all the families of those we commemorate this hallowed weekend. Peace.

I could write for days about how I feel on this amazing day so many Americans and other citizens of the world have cast aside. But I won’t.

Suffice to say, there is a mountain of sentiment and a sea of memories for this day. It’s more than a three-day weekend. It’s more than a reason to take off work. It’s much more than a whimsical, political preference. It’s more than anything we can muster.

Watch the video and remember… And oh, by the way, this ain’t the forum to flare off your anti-war sentiments. Know that. It’s about the people in the war, not the ration behind it.

They gave, so we could keep. They went, so we could stay. They died, so we could live.

God bless all the families of those we commemorate this hallowed weekend. Peace.

If you have five minutes during your barbecues and lakeside retreats, spend them watching this video. Very few times, words aren’t necessary to convey a point or stir up an emotion. This is one of those times.

Loreena McKennitt’s haunting lyrics and mesmerizing voice in “Dante’s Prayer” are completely fitting for a Memorial Day tribute.

“Please remember me,” she says throughout the song reminding us while we are having fun and festivities, there are brave men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives that have (or are currently) placing a hold on life, so we can enjoy ours.

Every one of them that are still fighting would rather be with any of us enjoying the smells, sights and sounds of this free land. For others that are no longer here with us, it’s their sacrifice that allowed us to have this joy and gives us five small minutes of our day to appreciate this riveting video.

For them. For their valor. In memoriam.

For those of you who don’t have family that lived during WWII, today is a day on the Judaic calendar that should never be forgotten: Yom Hashoah.

Living with the reminder

What’s that? Holocaust Memorial Day. Before there was 9-11 or Memorial Day, there was Yom Hashoah, which has caused even Americans to pay attention and act in solidarity. Today, while rituals may have become lax and the Jewish population may have not placed it too highly on their own personal remembrance list (again, much like Americans and 9-11), the inherent and dreadful reason for this day still remains.

Between 1938 – 1945, SIX MILLION JEWS were murdered. Put that into comparison (numbers based on several sources):

  • Civil War: Approximately 800,000 killed
  • WWII: About 400,000 killed
  • WWI: Close to 120,000 killed
  • Vietnam: Nearly 60,000 killed
  • Iraq: More than 3,000 killed
  • 9-11: Just under 3,000 killed or missing

Those are the American lives we commemorate annually, but somehow, the Christians in this country forget about its 6,000,000 brethren whose lives were victim of genocide. Church, if we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and know that Israel is God’s chosen nation, let us all burn a candle and spend a moment to think of the brothers and sisters we never were given a chance to know.

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu. A-men.