I think the term “ultimate sacrifice” has been way overused and I try not to use it. I don’t really have an alternative for it and I really wish we didn’t have to think about it at all. But, we certainly do. There have been approximately 1,196,541 military deaths in all the wars we’ve been in up to and including the “Global War on Terror” (stats from Infoplease). That’s awful, but it is a sacrifice.
I personally have not lost any family members (that I have known) or close friends while serving. So, I don’t know what that’s like but I can’t stand the thought of losing those close to me. Therefore, it makes me hurt to think of others losing their loved ones, no matter how it happens.
Today, we celebrate those who have paid that price to protect and preserve the rights that we all enjoy and live by. To speak our minds in blogs or podcasts, like I do. To openly criticize and speak belligerently about the head of state, no matter what that is where in any other country you’d be arrested and sometimes killed for such a thing. To make your own decisions and follow any religion that you wish, or not to, as is my choice. There’s so much that they’ve died to preserve for us.
This is not about veterans, although we should honor them all every day (instead of just giving them a day in November), it’s about remembering the ones that have died for their country and fellow citizens. And, because I can’t think of a better term right off hand, I’ll have to use the term “ultimate sacrifice.” Because, that’s really what they did. If you’ve a friend or family member that has paid that price, I’m thinking of them. To all of you, I’m thinking of you. I thank you.
I’ve posted this an hour earlier than normal because according to the Memorial Day protocol, the flag is only to be flown at half mast until noon today.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale