Today is Memorial Day and no one reading this needs me to tell you about the concept of the holiday.
In my family there is a vague understanding that the day is intended to mark the sacrifice of those Americans who fell while defending the Constitution of the United States of America. The practice in my family is to mark the passing of family members. On Memorial Day we place flowers on the graves of parents and grandparents, and we usually have some kind of a barbecue meal to do the "beginning of summer" thing. When I say we In mean we, including myself, because that's what we do as a family.
|My Dad's cairn|
I believe and I've said before that I believe the fallen would want their sacrifice to help ensure the kind of societal landscape where Americans could have a chance at living beautiful lives, the kind of lives that the fallen freely gave up in support and defense of the Constitution. I don't believe that the fallen would place a high priority on ensuring that Americans celebrate Memorial Day a certain way. I do believe they would be and are satisfied that Americans in 2020 have the opportunity to embrace the blessings of Liberty. That's enough. It's what the founders wrote and believed, what the Constitution implies in framing our shared societal contract, and it's what is right and proper.
As for myself, I knew many of the Fallen. This is a day I think of David Wayne Cornell, whose living heart I held in my hands when it beat for the last time. I recognize the reality of the real sacrifice of the fallen. I have and I embrace the blessings of Liberty. That feels right and it feels beautiful. I have and live a beautiful life. As I walk my path the Fallen are ever near. Not in a maudlin way, but in a joyous and satisfied way. I feel like the Fallen embrace the imperfect Liberty we Americans practice and that they are pleased. I don't think they are overly concerned about imperfections in the America of 2020. I think that they understand the long game of ape-lizard civilization. I think they see that their sacrifice was not in vain.
Be well and embrace the blessings of liberty.