Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day and Today's America

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

You know what really frustrates me? The fact that history gets lost to so many people these days. To me, it seems like nobody REALLY cares anymore. There's this quote I've heard, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." 

Growing up, I loved history. I enjoyed studying the second world war for fun. Still do! So when I learned that there are people here in America who've never heard of Adolf Hitler, I was in disbelief. When asked if they knew who Hitler was, they replied with, "Was he German?" or, "Wasn't he the guy with the mustache?" or even, "Never heard of him." 

I think we in today's world, can learn from World War Two, and quite frankly, I think we can learn from Hitler himself. 

"To conquer a nation, first disarm it's citizens."

I fear for my country, and what is happening from within. When Adolf Hitler rose to power, the first country he invaded was his own - Germany. He told the Germans what they wanted to hear - not necessarily the truth. "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." That's what he said. And boy, there's a lot of truth in it!

I believe America is in trouble. We've taken God, prayer, and the Bible out of schools, and we've had the audacity to change some of the words of our great songs, and even our Pledge of Allegiance isn't said that much anymore! People are getting offended with "In God We Trust." As President Ronald Reagan said, "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." That is exactly what is happening. We've been asleep. Not paying attention to the freedom being taken right out from under us. We've forgotten the very foundations on which America was established. 

This quote from "The Last Ounce of Courage" got me:
"We can't let the enemy take one more inch. Not one more inch! We can't be silent anymore! The silence has to stop, and it has to stop today! Young men and women are dying in foreign lands to preserve the freedoms we enjoy every single day. Can you hear them? Just listen. It's their voices from the grave. They're wondering if they died in vain. Do we dare diminish they're sacrifice by our silence? Well if your answer is no then you think about this. When History is written, will History say that you stood by and did nothing? Or will it say that you fought? You fought like those brave souls. You fought to preserve the memory of the young men and women that have given everything for this country, and for you!"

Since when is it extreme to support the Constitution? I support the Constitution. I'm a millennial, ready to fight here at home, for the same freedoms for which our men and women in the armed forces are fighting overseas. I will not stand by and do nothing. Neither will I take them for granted. I don't care what gender you identify as, if you were born male, go to the mens restroom. 

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,” 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

(Fourth verse of the Star-Spangled Banner)

As I close up this post, I want us all to ponder the words of Ronald Reagan:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

I don't want my kids growing up ignorant about what took place during WWII. I don't want them to grow up in an America that isn't free because my generation didn't do anything about the freedoms that are being stripped away.

I've often wondered... How many of us remember those who've sacrificed love, career, and life for the sake of our life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Do we take the time to thank our veterans? Do we wait an extra couple seconds to hold the door for them? What are we doing to let them know that they are appreciated?
What do we think when we see Old Glory flying? 

"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."-Abraham Lincoln

I pray the we will be a generation that takes action. That we will recognize that for our "tomorrows they gave their today's." I also pray the we will respect our flag. When we honor our flag, we honor what we stand for as a nation - freedom, equality, justice, and hope. Because it DOES still wave o'er the land of the free. BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.


1 comment:

  1. Well said, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this post. I too have grown up loving to learn about history and my heart is greatly troubled at how this generation is forgetting the past so fast. I don't want to stand by and watch while our freedoms get pulled away from us either.


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