The sad truth is, most Americans these days think Memorial Day is for grilling burgers and hotdogs, not about honoring the Fallen. An article in the Epoch Times about Memorial Day 2021 reveals the thoughts of a Florida veteran’s community on the issue: “It’s not about us.”
Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen who died in service to our country. Veteran’s Day: Honoring those who served our nation over the years. Armed Forces Day: honoring those who currently serve.
Memorial Day 2021, Brooksville, Florida
“Monday is not about us,” Sergeant J.O. Batten, Commander of VFW Post 8713 in Brooksville, Florida told The Epoch Times. “It’s about the men on that wall out there. A lot of people don’t realize that.”
Batten, a United States Marine, served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
“The wall” is a granite monument, which stands guard at the front door of VFW. It bears the names of a group of men known as “The Brooksville Eight,” men who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.
No expiration date on the oath, not even Memorial Day 2021
But there was one last thing Batten wanted to share with his fellow Americans to think about on Memorial Day, particularly with the younger generation, who either don’t know or don’t seem to care about the sacrifices made by the generations who went before them in order to defend the freedoms they have today. He iterated the sacred vow they all took when they were inducted into their respective branches of the military, how they raised their right hands and swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same… so help me God.”
“Just because we left the military,” Batten said as his eyes glistened with emotion, “we were not relieved of that vow. I don’t care if we’ve been retired for five years, ten years or twenty, once we take that oath as a member of the military, we are forever obligated to defend the United States, and its Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, with up to and including our lives. For us, that promise we made to you never ends.”
For Memorial Day 2021 let’s remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. The fallen were men and women just like you and me, with dreams and hopes for tomorrow. They were among those who signed that blank check to serve… and died unable to “take off their uniform.” They are worthy of honor always.
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