Memorial Day 2021

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 8 months ago

Many politicians will answer in eternity for putting the sons of America in harm’s way for unnecessary foreign misadventures, sometimes for personal or corporate gain.

But the sons of America never fought for the personal gain of the politicians or corporations.  It’s appropriate to remember the fallen, and no, this isn’t just a “long weekend,” contrary to what airheads might think.

It’s memorial day, 2021.  It’s not a long weekend, it’s not veteran’s days, it isn’t fireworks day.


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  1. On May 31, 2021 at 12:40 am, Georgiaboy61 said:

    @ Hershel Smith

    Re:”But the sons of America never fought for the personal gain of the politicians or corporations. It’s appropriate to remember the fallen”

    Thank you for using the word “sons,” and not some politically-correct tripe about “sons and daughters” or “our brothers and sisters in arms,” etc.

    Despite the best efforts of the communists and revisionist historians to suggest otherwise, war is a male endeavor and has been since the dawn of human existence.

    It isn’t that women who fall in war should not be honored or remembered, it is simply the wholly-inappropriate and uncalled-for way the P.C. crowd has hitched their story to that of the men.

    In Great Britain, the politically-correct madness has reached such a state that women now have their own World War One Memorial, equal in size and prestige to that of the men, despite the fact that of the 744,000 combat deaths suffered by Britain in that war, only a handful were women and none of them were in the combat arms.

    In that war, the sacrifice of going into battle was borne by men, just as it has been since ancient times. For Great Britain the single deadliest day of the Great War came on 1 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, where 19,240 men were killed and 57,470 total battle casualties were sustained.

    Many of those men knew that when the whistle blew, and they went over the top and set foot in No-Man’s Land, that their life expectancy would likely be measured in minutes, if not seconds. Yet, they went anyway. Just as their French, German, and American counterparts did at other times and places during the war.

    Here in the United States, we too should remember our fallen – and also that vast majority of those who died that others may live – were men.

    We may believe that by being politically-correct and including women in such memorials, we are being broadminded and compassionate, but upon further reflection perhaps we can discern that this is in error. We thereby do the memory of our honored dead a great disservice, for they did not die so that women could risk their lives in battle. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    Part of the reason men down through the ages have been willing to risk their lives in combat is that they believed their sacrifice (up to and including their lives, should it come to that) would not be in vain. They were protecting home, hearth and family – their wives, children, and sweethearts back home. Their civilization and all of the things within in it worth fighting to save.

    James Webb, the former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, and a combat-experienced Marine officer during the Vietnam War, once said very much the same thing, that the whole reason he and his fellow Marines risked everything at places like the Siege of Khe Sahn is so that the women back home wouldn’t have to, so that their children would not have to do the job they didn’t do.

    The death of a man in combat is tragic, but it is in the natural order of things and there is some consolation to be taken from that. A woman’s death in battle, however, especially when she needn’t have been there in the first place, is not just tragic, but an affront to everything our civilization once held dear.

    As recently as fifty years ago, that statement would not have aroused even a hint of controversy, but those were different and saner times in which to live.

  2. On May 31, 2021 at 6:51 am, Fred said:

    Decoration Day.

  3. On May 31, 2021 at 12:34 pm, ExpatNJ said:

    Plenty of women – when necessary – fought, and killed, treasonous men. Joan of Ark ring a bell? Here’s another:

    An Alabama woman named Jenny Brooks whose husband and son were killed by state law enforcement collecting taxes for the Confederate government, went after the men who had killed her family, killed two of them in return, and turned one of their skulls into a soap dish. [paraphrased]
    https://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2014/03/an-open-letter-to-legislatures-of-new.html

    Strong, courageous, Godly-women deserve to be recognized for their role in opposing tyranny. Maybe their examples can inspire weak men.

  4. On May 31, 2021 at 1:17 pm, SGT.BAG said:

    ” There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,
    A race that can’t stay still;
    So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
    And they roam the world at will. ”

    Robert W. Service
    (Spells of the Yukon) 1911

  5. On May 31, 2021 at 1:27 pm, scott s. said:

    Remember when my folks moved to New Orleans in the 70s it was called “Yankee Memorial Day” and wasn’t observed.

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