“The purpose of all war is ultimately peace.” Saint Augustine of Hippo
Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May and dedicated to the memory of fallen American men and women who died in all wars and armed conflicts. Initially created to honor northern soldiers who died in the Civil War, it became a way to remember those who died in World War I, II and then all wars. In 1971, it was declared a national holiday in the USA.
Every year, we pause in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice – to give up their lives so the rest of us might live. Each casualty of war or MIA leaves behind loved ones, family members, and memories of what could have been… How do we ever forget? Who do we remember? As a war survivor myself, I want to remember the innocent children caught in the cross fires, permanently seared by bomber fuel and left for dead in collapsed buildings. I want to remember the mothers bereft of their husbands, fathers, sons, and the Biafran mothers left to watch their children slowly starve to death as birds of prey linger nearby waiting to devour their remains.
War & Lyrics ~ By Bob Marley
I want to remember the innocence of young men and women who left for war whole and returned ravaged by the horror they saw; the horror they experienced and the horror they inflicted on the enemy. I want to remember families left behind, holding pictures of loved ones, nursing broken hearts; the living dead. I want to remember every painful, poignant detail so I will never forget that the spoils of war are hollow; for the victor and the vanquished have both lost their heads… Oh war, such dreadful deeds you cast across the ocean of life; such dreadful deeds.
On Memorial Day, we attend services, we give thanks for our servicemen/women, we join the parade, we eat and reminisce about the lives of loved ones or strangers lost, we celebrate those who made it home, our sons and daughters in the forces, our friends and family; yet, we must never forget that war is not the answer. Peaceful efforts must shape our daily interactions with each other and we must all work together to mitigate the hatreds, greed, and confusions that lead us down the path to war. More Below
“Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” ~ Richard Watson Gilder
♥“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”♥
Amen ~ an Irish Blessing
On this day, we are reminded that war is, unequivocally, the lousiest option for settling disputes. In times of war, in war zones, there are only losers on both sides of the battlefield. While one side might claim victory, the loss of life and the deepening resentments that come from warring creates animosity and a spirit of revenge. War is a terrible thing and the scars are indelible. As a war survivor, I don’t glorify war for there is no glory in the lingering memories of atrocities committed in the name of peace.
War victimizes all of us as we become victims of embellished war stories; mythical, nonsensical tales that paint rosy pictures of the brutality and unending nightmares of war. The haunting memories of the walking dead, the charred remains of once a friend, the disemboweled food hawker, the bludgeoned infant, are memories embedded in our psyche; torturing us, haunting us even as we gear up for another round in hell. When we focus only on our enemies, we forget the scars we leave on ourselves.
10 Commandments of Mother Earth By Ernest Callenbach via Humanity Healing.org***
There is no room for celebration only reflection, remembrance, remorse and vigilance to protect our peace. There is no Happy in Memorial Day. How quickly some of us forget that war is ugly and maims the living as much as it does the dead. With all our advancements in communications systems, science and technology, why can’t we find ways to reach out to our aggressors and oppressors to negotiate peace settlements that uplift us all, not negate one side? War is not the answer. May we all work towards PEACE. What are your thoughts? How do you spend your Memorial Day? What views do you have on war and peace? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: War destroys all of us; the innocent and the guilty, the sacred and the profane… Let’s seek Peace.
- Memorial Day – Remembering Our Fallen Heroes (socyberty.com)
- Memorial Day: Ending Wars – Healing Lives (positivekismet.blogspot.com)
- Reflections On Memorial Day: Of War and Peace (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Remembrance: Requiem for Memorial Day (eof737.wordpress.com)