In the U.S., this is Memorial Day weekend… with Monday being the legal observance of Memorial Day (last Monday of every May).

If the press is to be believed nearly half the population doesn’t have a clue as to what this weekend is really about, only that it is the beginning of the summer and there is some form of honor to be given to the military…

First, Memorial Day is not for all those currently serving in the military – that is Armed Forces Day (that would be the 3rd Saturday of every May).

And Memorial Day is not for all those who once wore our nation’s uniform – that is Veteran’s Day (November 11th).

Memorial Day was born from our Civil War, resulting in the death of 620,000 soldiers.

Compared to WWI with 116,000 dead and WWII with 405,00 dead – combined they still don’t equal the number of dead from our Civil War.

The 620,000 represented 2% of our population back then — today, that 2% would be 6 million…

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11…

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

The thing about being a soldier is you learn to get past politics and focus on what matters most.

Besides staying alive and protecting those you were assigned to protect, what mattered most was and still is love of country — period.

God and Sovereignty is the most important part of that love — and protecting our sovereignty is the reason for what they pay the ultimate price, and for which we give them their final salute.

is something we all
should protect,
not just our soldiers.

This observance is called Memorial Day as General John Logan requested our nation to annually spend some time thinking about, reflecting upon and remembering how it is we got here.

Any entity, whether person, community, organization or country forgets from where they came, then eventually they won’t care where it is all heading…

Language, understanding, communication, terminology, relevance of material will lose its original intent, frame of reference and focus… lending itself to the loss our two greatest treasures: liberty and freedom.

John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail,3 days after we declared Independence from England, wrote this to her…

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.”

Please spend some time today, if not remember, at least learning where it is from which we came…

And be sure to the Almighty Protector, Elzaphan, for His protection as well as His blessings to our nation.

Thank you.

A Poem – Just A Common Soldier

Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet.

Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies, on thousands of websites and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York.

2015 marks the poem’s 28th anniversary.





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3 thoughts on “Remember from Whence We Came

  • This is one of the rare occasions I would say – listen to the press – people today don’t have a clue what Memorial Day is about unless they have a close connection to it. I’ve had to correct a number of people who insist on saying HAPPY Memorial Day – no indication of being solemn or showing respect. Thank you for making this point.

    • As a member of the 11th Airborne Association, you would definitely have much to contribute to all this — for this me, and my family, thank you for your service and love of country.

      The only way we can repay all of our military, alive or passed, is to keep their efforts alive, every day wherever we can… We do have family involved still in the military, working at various levels of the Pentagon. They have changed in the past few years but their focus and love of country has remained strong, to which I thank God for making them so.

      Garrett O’Brien
      aka Virtuous Spear

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