There are moods Emotions diverse. This Memorial Day will be a time when emotions and these moods will vary from tribute to regret, from pride to repent. However there are two words which convey Memorial Day’s message hope and despair. There will be much despair as we remember those who have died fighting in our country’s armed forces.
There will be grief why they died, as we recall. The majority of them was not bred and soldiers born to do battle. They were wives and husbands, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers. Families were left behind by them. They had been the promise. What might have been their effect on society had they not died. They since humankind with its progress have not yet learned to live because people are unwise, untutored and feeble expired.
Memorial Day might not be a time to seek out answers, but its day to talk about the truth. The reality is that: Memorial Day is a monument that we have built to grief. It is a monument to folly. They were the sacrifices that are unnecessary which we provided on the altar of the god of war. Do not destroy the dead is dishonored by Afternoon nor with tributes that hide behind the truth that is fundamental. Do not change the guilt. The names of foes and friends are many and they keep changing throughout history. There were people who have become our friends and were enemies before and there are people who have become our enemies and have been our friends in the past. We will need to have faith when people will live in peace that the day will come, be it in our time, at a generation’s time. What we as humanity have done cannot be changed.
Memorial Day is also a monument of hope. The future is there before us. The hope for peace is still a distance away, as we find ourselves involved in the struggle against terrorism. The form of a future that is peaceful is not yet shaped. But we can shape it, if we face it and lean forward and announce over and over and again that there will be a day when we will beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. There will be a day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither will they learn war anymore. There will be a day, if we do not give up in despair. Let this be our religion and our pledge. Out of our despair, let’s be our promise to the past and for when we will join to form, the future so when we not need increase the list on Civic Memorials that the time will come.