We hope everyone at the Neighborhood is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend.
This piece from the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers demonstrates why it is so important to celebrate holidays like this one. It shows Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne division as it inadvertantly liberated a concentration camp in Germany.
Now this is obviously my opinion, but I have strong feelings about our men and women in uniform. Say what you will about the reasoning of our wars; I will not broker disrespect of the troops in our armed forces.
Many people may question how our military is used, and the abuses it may have inflicted in its long history. We used ragtag guerrilla tactics, genocidal ruthlessness and foreign assistance to defeat our colonial masters. We vanquished our southern neighbor in order to seize half of its territory. We systematically corraled the indigenous population of our continent to make way for settlement and land speculation.
World War II, however, was our greatest hour. The United States, attacked by surprise and unprepared, rose to defeat two aggressive powers bent on world domination. Yet we did not conquer, we did not subjugate…on the contrary, we liberated occupied peoples and rehabilitated our former enemies.
No army on Earth ever did that before, not in all of human history.
This is why we are American. This is why we should honor our military personnel. This is why we celebrate Memorial Day.