My father passed away a few months back. Still feeling the loss. He had his first heart attack in his 40’s and waged a pretty good fight for over 30 years. Neither he or I ever served, but we both shared a love of our country and the price many have paid for our freedom. I think there is a difference between honoring the soldiers and honoring the wars. Did we have to fight in all of them, Korea, Nam, Bush’s or Obama’s? I think no, but I don’t think anybody has been able to give a clear answer. Did we have to fight the Revolutionary War? Maybe things would be better if we were still an English colony? But don’t look at Canada or Australia, the freedom GIVEN to them came after the war we fought. A war fought for Independence. WW1 I think we could have avoided, and that might have prevented WW2. WW2 I think we had to enter that fight, Germany proved modern weapons backed by the will of a madman, it is possible to conquer the world.
But this holiday is not about the wars, curse them all. It’s about the patriots who put their lives on the line for a belief that what was achieved by our war for independence was worthwhile. That even today, freedom is worth the cost they personally pay. Remember the Hero’s