Honoring our Military Dead on Memorial Day (Part I)
It’s been a really rough week and I’m not in the mood to mince words today with this piece. This weekend is set aside in our calendar to remember and hopefully honor those who died while in active service to our country.
Today I skimmed an article at Patheos, one that essentially suggested that while this is a day to honor those that have died while serving in the military during our numerous wars, we should also take Memorial Day to honor civilians (and pretty much anyone and everyone else) who have died or suffered as a result of those wars as well. Apparently our service men and women aren’t deserving of respect on their own.
Oh that last bit wasn’t in the article but it was implied and really, I get so tired of this. Those writing and agreeing with this are the same people who hit the roof whenever anyone turns Black Lives Matter into All Lives Matter but they can’t seem to grasp the essential hypocrisy of their position. I have no objection to having a day to honor those who have suffered as a result of war. War is a terrible thing. We should remember those who suffered; maybe if we did, we’d be less enthusiastic in sending our sons and daughters off to die BUT to suggest it as something superseding the one day a year set aside to honor our military dead (Veteran’s Day is, in the US, for those who served in war, but did not necessarily die during that service) is a slap in the face to those who laid down their lives for our freedoms.
Civilizations are built on the backs of warriors. It may be an ugly truth. It may be something that our politically correct social justice weasels today don’t like to acknowledge but it is, however reality. When we refuse to honor them, we spit in the face of every one of our ancestors who ever had to take up arms to defend their homes, families, countries, and kin.
All day today, I’ve been reading articles like this and this and this, stories about garbage vandalizing veterans’ memorials. We have a word in Heathenry for such people: nithling. Walking human stains.