Monday, May 29, 2006

Don't Ever Forget


On a day that has become a chance for American commerce to offer you all sorts of savings on cars, sheets, furniture, and whatever other crap they have to peddle to people that have the day off, the true meaning has become submerged in the bullshit. Don’t ever forget them. The soldiers that are buried in some foreign place, the soldiers under the neat rows of white grave markers in your town, the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to a country that is so willing to forget them and the soldiers who have retired.

Say what you will about the politicians that have second guessed and sold the soldier out, the lies that people in charge of the government have used to employ the military, but never ever malign the soldier, the flag, and his or her sacrifice.

The photo is one I took while at Flanders. The picture is gray and colorless much as the Belgian day I took it but it some how seems fitting. Even the famed poppies were to sad to make an appearance it seems…

Happy Memorial Day to you all and please take a moment, just a moment and think of those who serve, have served, and those who have paid the ultimate price.

11 Comments:

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Very well written!

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger Cherry! said...

When my parents went to America they said they went to see the graves of soldiers and said it was overwhelming.

Nice post!

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger fairscape said...

PK

I don't think many people "get it". They think that being a soldier and fighting for your country is just another job. They don't seem to understand what freedom costs. Thanks to you and to all the brave dead and alive for fighting "over there" so we don't have to fight "over here".

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

Soldiers don't have much of a choice about war and its consequences; certainly they're usually not the ones who make the decisions to go to war but are the ones who must carry it out, however brilliant or poor the strategy and tactics.

I like My Soldier, but Operation Soldier is also a big support group for soldiers from civilians and others.

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Eternally Curious said...

Being a military daughter, sister, aunt and wife - I always remember TPK. Please allow me to take this time to offer my sincere Thank You to you!!

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

not just the soldiers, dun ever forget their true valor...

Ive been unwell kiddo but Im ok now :)

Keshi.

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks all. Hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend! Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well Keshi...

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger SC said...

I'll never forget driving through the north of France as a kid. Uncountable fields filled with uncountable rows of white marble crosses, that made different patterns as you passed by. I got a lump in my throat as we passed one graveyard with all black crosses. It was a German cemetery.

 
At 6:00 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Seb: Thanks for pointing that out. Every country has lost soldiers fighting for their country - certainly Britain is at the top of the list.

Germans fought and died and it is difficult for me to believe they were all NAZI assholes. They had to be someone's beloved son or husband...

 
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