Memorial Day is one of deep reflection. At least it is for me. It is a time to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for what they (we) believed in: The Cause of Freedom. It also makes me think of the millions of young people (probably BILLIONS) from EVERY nation on earth who have been lost in the never ending cycle of human warfare.
It seems that warfare is an integral part of the human experience as we have been at since the very beginning of our existence on this planet. From the time our simian ancestors picked up a bone or a stick to use as a weapon, we've been finding ways to brutalize one another ever since. And, we've come a long way. Now, we have weapons of mass destruction that can murder thousands - tens of thousands - in the blink of an eye.
And, because nothing happens in a vacuum, the cycle of death and destruction NEVER ends. Just recently, a suicide bomber attacked a group of innocents attending a concert in Manchester, England, killing over 20. Before THAT, in an attempt to eradicate 2 ISIS snipers, a coalition air strike dropped 2, 500 lb. bombs on the apartment building they were apparently operating from. The corresponding explosions killed over 140, including more than 40 children under the age of 16.
And, the beat goes on . . .
I suppose that my mission is to get people to reflect on the BIG PICTURE for Memorial Day: Love and honor those lost AND commit to the cause of peace so that NO mother, father, brother, or sister should ever have to grieve over the terrible loss of a loved one - for ANY reason.
Peace NOW. Peace ALWAYS.