Skip to comments.A Nation Greater than We Deserve
Posted on 05/25/2015 4:48:56 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
On Memorial Day, be thankful for the world we have and remember those who helped us create and defend it.
There is a place near my home in a rural county in middle Tennessee that is especially beautiful. A dirt path leads off from the main road, through a hay field, up to an old barn nestled just at the base of a small hill. Its like a scene from a painting. For some reason, every time I drive past (which is often), Im struck by a sense of gratitude for my family, for the church and school community that so enriches our lives, for the simple pleasures of peace at home the meals with friends, the long treks to volleyball tournaments, and the joy of watching my kids struggle to train a new puppy. Im grateful because I understand that there is nothing that I did to truly deserve the life Ive been given.
For years, I tried to deserve it to convince myself that if only I was a good enough citizen, striving to be a good husband and father, working in my community to love and support those less fortunate, and using my law degree to defend liberty, then I could one day reflect on my life with satisfaction with a sense that Id given more than Id taken.
Then I went to war and learned of debts that cant ever be repaid. Its one thing to read in the history books of barely trained militia staring down British regulars from the top of Breeds Hill, or of the horrible slaughter on Burnsides Bridge at Antietam, or to watch movie depictions of Omaha Beach or even combat footage from Fallujah. Its another thing entirely to stand in silent attention as a friend a brother youd just talked to hours before is loaded onto a Blackhawk helicopter to begin his hero flight home. Its another thing entirely to embrace a grieving father next to the flag-draped casket of his son, another brother you knew and loved.
Thats when I learned to paraphrase a character in a recent summer movie that theres red in my ledger, red that I can never turn to black. Christians are familiar with this concept. The blood of Christ grants a gift of eternal life that we cannot possibly earn. Here at home the blood of our warriors spilled for liberty has granted us a nation greater than we deserve. Yes, millions of Americans have worked for more than two centuries to build the families, the businesses, and the civic institutions that make the America we live in today, but the predicate for all those actions is a combination of peace and freedom purchased at the highest price.
To say that we cant repay our debt to these warriors is not to say that we shouldnt be good stewards of the fruits of their sacrifice. Indeed, the knowledge that all of our lives and opportunities are to some degree blood-bought should sanctify them for even our most secular citizens. Honor sacrifice by tending to the tree of liberty, by building something in your own turn that is worth defending.
And by remembering. Remember that living among us are men and women who do not have red ledgers. Theirs are thoroughly black. You can sometimes spot them they live in the homes with the gold-star flag hanging in the window, they wear the gold-star pin, and you can find their sons or daughters by spotting a small American flag next to an otherwise nondescript gravestone.
The gold-star family members I know dont ask for much. After all, what can you possibly give them? But they do ask that you remember. And so I do. From Operation Iraqi Freedom, 200708, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, I remember: Major Andrew Olmstead, Captain Thomas Casey, Sergeant Corey Spates, Captain Torre Mallard, Sergeant Phillip Anderson, Specialist Donald Burkett, Mr. Albert Haroutounian, Sergeant Gregory Unruh, Specialist Matthew Morris, Captain Ulises Burgos, Specialist Andre Mitchell, and Captain Michael Medders.
May God grant you everlasting rest. And may God comfort your families with the knowledge that you lived and died serving others. And may we never forget.
"Flags In" ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
Obama thinks so highly of the nation that he wants to “fundamentally transform” it, far left piece of crap that he is.
THANK YOU veterans,
Many of you toiled behind the scenes, others suffered bad times and some were were changed forever for the hardships you went through. WE love you and thank you for keeping our country free....
I’ve long been a military history buff...especially WW2. As I have watched every one of those History Channel Heroes Channel every other channel documentary I can find over the years, many of them several times - the kind of hero it took to do what was done on Normandy, in the rubble of European towns, on the islands off the coast of Japan - I am amazed and humbled. Where do we get such men.
Then I talk to a doctor who sees a lot of marines, Air Force and army soldiers from the myriad of military bases in eastern NC, and she talks about how many of them, even the marines, are gaming the system now for disability with faked injury. Sees it all the time.
Makes me think...maybe we don’t get such men any more. Or not as many.
Perhaps because ‘sacred honor’ has withered on the vine?
Yes, sacred honor has withered on far too many vines. Then again, true sacred honor was only there in the rare leader of heroes.
But there’s a bigger even more insidious disease, this entire idea that the government is so big and will always have money, so get yours while you can. Real opportunity is dead anyway, so just take advantage where you can.
It’s turning far too many soldiers into basic “gummint employees” instead of heroes. I live around a good number of retired military, and retired cops / fire fighters moving to NC from NY - and the vibe I get is one of government pensions and incredible 9-11 hazard pay checks. They all retire very young.
Well said. The young, generally speaking just do not feel
about the country as the old did. Fifty years of institutional America-bashing through education, the media and the twisting of the legal system has triumphed.
That’s true....and you’re so right that the America bashing just reinforces the “gimme” hand out mentality - and we’ve had a whole lotta both the past several decades.
“The young, generally speaking just do not feel
about the country as the old did. Fifty years of institutional America-bashing through education, the media and the twisting of the legal system has triumphed.”
Beautifully said. Those two sentences succinctly state the root cause of all the insanity we find ourselves currently mired in.
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