There is a Story afoot . . .



A story has attacked me . . . not sure where it's from, but I have been posting chapters as they come out of my fingers. Yes, I am still posting on firearms training and my new topic of basic prepping - all links are to the right of the blog, newest posts first on the lists. Feel free to ignore the story posts - they usually start with a chapter number. But, feel free to read the story as well and comment on it - I like how it's turning out so far! Links to the various chapters are at the right under . . .

The Story

Bill

Monday, May 27, 2013

Commentary - Memorial Day, our journey . . . .

 

Virtually all Americans have been touched by deaths that are remembered today. Whether they served side by side with them, sent them off to war, gathered their remains from the battlefield or the aircraft at the airport, wept as they held their flag and watched their warrior placed in their earth for their final rest . . . .

Most have their stories – tales of service, love of country, love of their fellow warriors . . . .

So many have given their “final measure” that allows me to sit and share my thoughts, allows me to attend Mass, allows me to live my life in the freedom that was given to us from God . . . .

Their total loss in our major wars is staggering when viewed together . . . . . there are many “minor” conflicts not listed – minor to history . . . . men and women still died.

War

Dates

Casualties

American Revolution

1775–1783

25,000

Civil War

1861-1865

625,000

World War I

1917-1918

116,516

World War II

1941-1945

405,399

Korea

1950-1953

36,516

Vietnam

1961-1975

58,209

Iraq

2003-2012

4,468

Afghanistan

2001 - Present

2,227

I have thought of my lost friends this morning, in the quiet of a motel room still dark so my wife can sleep on a bit more. I have remembered each and once again said my “good byes” . . . . . they are not forgotten. There are five others that wandered into my thoughts while sharing my time with old friends . . . .

The names were there for the world to see in a painfully small graveyard that held our beginning, our history. Names of those who, without their courage, ferocity, dedication and sacrifice we would have been but one more little group of rabble the Crown had to crush into submission.

I searched for five – those who like so many – were simply in a place where it was “their day”. Still, their deaths became the very first in our long road of people’s sacrifice to a greater cause.

Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, Crispus Attucks and Patrick Carr

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These were the first who gave their lives – a price they paid for our freedom. They have been joined by well over a million others since that day.

Our count, as a nation, began on March 5, 1770. It began here.

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And it has been added to throughout the generations by those who hear and answer the call.

To all that have served – Thank you.

To all that have lost friends, relatives and buddies – we all remember and honor them.

To Absent Comrades . . . . Hear, hear!!

2 comments:

  1. ::raises glass in salute::

    Rest easy, men and women, soldiers all....you've earned it. We'll carry the torch now.

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