Today is Memorial Day, a day when we honor those who died that we might live in freedom. It is not Veteran’s Day. It is not a day when we honor those currently serving. It is a day of remembrance for those who gave everything for an ideal: freedom.
Do you have anyone in your family who died in service to America? Do you know someone who did? Thank them for that relative today. Without their willingness to resist evil, evil might well have overtaken us.
Freedom is not the natural state of humankind, or more people would be free. Oppression, slavery, subjugation and dictatorship increasingly threaten our fallen world. That’s why evil must be resisted. It is not responsive to folk songs and good intentions. And those brave enough to resist it deserve our thanks, but more than our thanks. They deserve to be honored above all others and on this Memorial Day, 2011, we do honor them. We should honor them, for they have honored themselves by their sacrifice.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.
This article published on May 30, 2011.