On Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, and I am remiss in waiting so long to initiate my take on it. After all, the day is nearly done. But I’ve had my epiphany, and I must share it.

As I sit here watching veterans recall their experiences, and reading all of the news articles about the day’s events, one thing really hits home with me. Think about the context of the past several months’ events. We’ve had essentially riots over race issues, the Supreme Court pondering LGBT marriage, states such as Alabama and Indiana passing hate legislation – and it makes me wonder: Whose freedom were those veterans fighting for?

If you respond, “Americans’,” then I have to ask, “Are blacks Americans? What about Jews? Are Gays Americans? Can Muslims be Americans? What about Buddhists? Can Christians be Americans? Atheists? Mormons?” Think of your favorite group – what does it take for them to be the Americans that our veterans fought for?

Because you see, if you think there are folks here that don’t qualify, you’re disrespecting the sacrifice those veterans made in the name of freedom. That’s right – if you are pro veteran but anti-blacks, you’ve missed the whole point of their sacrifice. If you think Gays should not have the same rights as the rest of the country, you’re missing the entire point of the fight. Every time you see a flag-waver who is also spreading hate, you should stop and recognize that this person has no clue why our veterans fought and died for freedom. Because freedom is for every American.