A Memorial Day Post

I suppose a word of warning would be quite considerate here. This following post cannot be described as—is not—one of a cheery nature. But it’s a post that is most appropriate, and…important.

Today is Memorial Day—the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day to remember all of the soldiers who have given their lives for this country since its founding.

Below are a few notable wars and their respective causalities:

American Revolutionary War: 25,000

War of 1812: 15,000

Mexican-American War: 13,283

Civil War: 625,000

World War I: 116,516

World War II: 405,399

Korean War: 36,516

Vietnam War: 58,209

Lastly, I would like to share a few quotes about freedom:

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

“… God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.

If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.

The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

~ Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

~ John Adams

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

~ Patrick Henry

“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms . . .”

~ Samuel Adams


2 Responses to “A Memorial Day Post”

  1. 1 weggieboy June 4, 2013 at 17:34

    “Decoration Day”. Do you remember when it was called that? How odd, then, that it turned into a holiday of picnics and day trips, sales, and (if you can work it into the “first unofficial day of summer”) a trip to the cemetary to place flowers on the graves of family members, regardless of service in war or peace. I boycott the sales and picnics, and try to focus on the greater meaning. Thanks for seeing it that way, too.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 4, 2013 at 18:07

      I know what you’re saying. It seems like the real meaning was lost along the way. I don’t remember it being called ‘Decoration Day’, interestingly enough. Thanks for your comment.

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