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May 29, 2023

After suffering through the last few years of lockdowns and record high gas prices and the cold winter months, many Americans are more than ready to get out of the house and hit the beaches and parks to celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer.  But let’s not forget that Memorial Day means far more than that. It’s a day set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide for us the unprecedented freedom that we so often take for granted as Americans. 

In a story that appeared a couple of years ago in the Epoch Times, veterans talked about the meaning of Memorial Day, and all of them made it clear that it isn’t about them, but about their comrades who never made it back home. One explained the meanings of our military holidays by saying, “Veterans Day is for those who survived and retired. Armed Forces Day is for those who are still serving. Memorial Day is reserved for those who never got to take off their uniform.” 

This year, Fox News has a story about something that I hope becomes a widespread tradition: “The Missing Hero Table.” When you gather for your Memorial Day barbecues and picnics, leave an empty chair at the table as a reminder of the missing hero who gave his or her life to secure our freedom to enjoy that dinner in peace, freedom and safety.

Despite the distortions of America’s history that so many people want to force into our schools, the fact is that no people in the history of the world have experienced the liberties, opportunities or prosperity that we have enjoyed as citizens of the greatest country on God’s green earth — the United States of America.  I don’t say that as a biased American, but as one who has traveled the world and who can scour the pages of human history and say definitively that no nation has ever given its inhabitants the degree of freedom, security, and pursuit of happiness as has this extraordinary experiment in self-government called the United States. 

Our Constitution is a simple, yet profound, blueprint for a government in which the ultimate power rests with the people and not with a king, a tyrant dictator, a military general, or even an elected official (and certainly not a self-appointed Deep State of elitist bureaucrats.)  The genius of our nation is that the people have been vested with the highest power, and while we temporarily grant it to those we elect, we don’t give it away (even during a pandemic.) Unfortunately, our leaders often need to be reminded of that, which is what free speech and elections are for, and why some so-called leaders seem so hostile to free speech and election integrity measures.

This great system of self-government with its separation and balance of powers and its accountability to the people has been and continues to be protected against both foreign and domestic threats by those who trade their clothes of choice for a uniform and who trade their personal liberties to accept orders from someone who outranks them. 

In the process of providing that protection, in wars and other police actions over more than two centuries, more than one million of those in our military have given their lives for those of us who will enjoy this long weekend.  No American should take this for granted nor ignore it.  It shouldn’t be left to the Gold Star families alone to take a pause for a somber reminder of the price of our benefits of citizenship.  We all owe it to them to show respect in some way for those whose deaths gave us our lives. 

This year, May 8 was the 78th anniversary of World War II’s VE Day (Victory in Europe) and August 15 will be the 78th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan.) Even if there are no commemorative events near you, parents should use the Internet to teach kids about VE Day and VJ Day. 

For kids who’ve heard derogatory comments about the military and been woefully misled about American history even in their schools, these anniversaries are a golden opportunity to teach them that the rights, freedoms and comforts they take for granted were paid for with the blood of patriots: over a million soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.  To cite just one war alone, many people today unconscionably water down the meaning of the term “Nazi” by hurling it thoughtlessly at political opponents. 

This Memorial Day, especially in light of the shocking rise of anti-Semitic attacks by those who are ignorant of what World War II was about, please teach your children about the real evils of Nazism and the tens of millions who died because of it. Fly your flag, be proud to be an American, and give thanks and prayers for the 16 million Allied military members in World War II – over 405,000 of them Americans – who heroically gave their lives to stop it. 


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  • J. Debra D Halsmith

    05/29/2023 11:56 PM

    My daughter forwarded this Facebook video of what was explained at the European Union several years ago re: planned Sars/Covid pandemic in the planning, implementing and getting copyrights to the vaccines, procedures, etc. to make $$$ off of it all. I did not know if you would have been aware of it.

  • Peggy Chapman

    05/29/2023 04:50 PM

    Thank you so much for all you have sent for us today. I appreciate all you have included in each section. I am 85 and don’t get out much. I now feel very enlightened concerning all that Memorial Day means even though I have always known why we celebrate. I LOVE the “Green” farmer picture. I grew up of course without air conditioning, cell phone and even in the past had a huge garden and grew our own food!!

  • William Wood Jr.

    05/29/2023 04:04 PM

    I am a Vietnam, Combat Veteran, and do reflect on a number of people, that I saw, make the ultimate sacrifice. I see them, in my dreams, and remember them. It is my duty. Those heroes all wanted to be remembered. To go many miles away from home, never to return, is a sacrifice most do not understand. I knew a nurse, serving, at an EVAC hospital. She was down in the dumps. She told me about an 18 year old soldier that was dying. He said, “I hope someone members”. I wish the deep state, would see, what that young nurse did, Perhaps, then, they could understand the word “Service”. I will always remember, it is my DUTY!

  • Ed Thompson

    05/29/2023 02:15 PM

    Can anyone tell me what country, nation, has a history without mistakes? Can anyone tell me, out of every country, nation in the world, which country has stepped up to help people in need more than anyone else? Can anyone tell me what country, nation has sent its youth into battle against dictatorship and suppression more than any other nation and still gets no respect from its so called allies or offers of assistance when tables are turned? Just like every other nation in the world, America has its past, its own history, some of which is nothing to be proud of but wasn’t even supported by everyone in this country. And didn’t America do the right thing and end the shameful practice of using human beings as tools? Remember we didn’t own the practice of , the invention of slavery, it was going on long before this country ever existed, and still goes on today in some countries. I’m proud of my country. I’m proud of our history, most of it, and I know that we learn from our mistakes to make America the BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. The process is still going on. Mistakes are inevitable. Do the best you can and let Jesus Christ,God, be the guide.

  • Gloria Grace

    05/29/2023 02:01 PM


  • Janice Roberts

    05/29/2023 10:43 AM

    Beautifully said! So many in our country, young and old, have forgotten or never knew the meaning of Memorial Day. I plan to make sure my grandchildren read this commentary. Thank you so much!!