May 29, 2006
Memorial Day. An annual event for remembering those who have fought and died in the defense of our liberties and way of life.
We’re told that most people have no family member in the military, or know anyone who does. In times past, especially because of the draft, must people had closer relations with the military.
I watched the HBO documentary “Baghdad ER.” Some people thought it might be an anti-war screed. I didn’t think so. It presented the reality of war – people get wounded and killed. There is great heartache, pain and suffering. This is the price of freedom and these men and women are willing to pay its cost… voluntarily. I was amazed how many of the wounded didn’t want to leave Iraq and how some came back after they had been treated.
These are America’s finest. Say something to a person in uniform you might see today, or any day. Thank them for their service. Tell them you appreciate them. And see if you can visit a military cemetery today and thank god for those who gave their lives for our lives and our freedom.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.