It was about three days ago, when this writer was sitting at the breakfast table watching Fox News and one of the anchors announced well wishes from the cast for this Memorial Day Weekend and make the error of giving the public a call to action of thanking a veteran. As a veteran and a devout disciple of “Warrior” lifestyle and culture I was insulted and angered at the ignorance of the FOX News associate. Like so many who’ve been brainwashed into military worship and acceptance of the police state, the newscasters themselves have bought into the fallacy that Memorial Day is about the living.
Contrary to this faux belief, this day is one of honor and remembrance for those who were always faithful, who led the way. Some of their own accord and others were conscripted. This holiday honors those brave men and women who have liberated the oppressed, gave their all and asked for nothing in return. This day is for those fallen… Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. The Wars of World War I and II, the forgotten war in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the first Gulf War, the Battle of Mogadishu and The Global War On Terror.
To the brothers in arms who made the march in Bataan and never made it back; to those who were lost in the camps of North Korea and Vietnam. Today we remember you, great warriors who showed us that the martial spirit of the Spartans is alive throughout the great history of our nation. To those brave soldiers who stood shoulder to shoulder in the face of evil, who stood together and fell divided. You are NOT forgotten!
Each year since the inception of my service I celebrate this day by living. By remembering. By honoring and spreading the word. The American experiment is unique in the history of the world in that no society has never experienced so much liberty. This liberty was at the cost of human capital. Human currency cannot simply be printed or regenerated. Many of great man and woman have given their very lives for just the idea of what we as Americans have enjoyed, wasted and lost. Those fallen ones who have made the greatest sacrifice did not give their lives in vein so politicians could sway the people to believe that trading liberty for security would provide more of either.
Today I honor you the brave fallen who regardless of the popular belief, have died the good death. A death that was worth living and one that resulted in your never dying faithfulness to the idea of the free man. My ritual has become an early wake up, brief meditation, and then an annual ritual of physical exercise. The regiment is called the Memorial Day Murph Challenge in honor of fallen SEAL Michael Murphy. The Challenge consists of a mile run, 300 Air Squats, 200 Pushups and 100 Pull-ups and then another mile run. Each year participants can pay a donation to register their times online and showcase their participation by wearing the commemorative T-Shirt. The proceeds go to a non-profit fund that supports the families of other fallen warriors.
Today while people are enjoying cookouts and other late spring activities, this writer issues a call to action. As you are playing, feasting, drinking or just relaxing…..Reflect. Reflect on those who believed so strongly in the right to be free and prosper that they gave their own lives. Not everyone has the intestinal fortitude required to fight against odds no matter how great or no matter the cost. Not everyone will even hear the call of the war drums and answer that call by charging headlong into battle. But everyone can spare at least a few moments to render honors and respect to those who did.