There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
It’s Memorial Day. For most people in the US this is a day of BBQs, picnics, and other fun, outdoor activities and parties. What might have been a solemn day of remembrance has evolved into a Spring celebration of fun and family.
I say that this is a great and good thing! Far better we celebrate the lives, lifestyles, a liberties our fallen warriors gave us than to wallow in misery and painful memory. I think their shades are far happier for this than they would be otherwise for it is proof that their sacrifices weren’t in vain.
So enjoy your BBQ…but, please spare a bit of thought for the ghosts that will attend it alongside you and who made it possible. Consecrate your fun, as it were, as a memorial to their deaths and celebration of victories they earned and which you enjoy.
There Are Ghosts At Your Table
And, if you can, think a bit about their Dependents who our fallen warriors were forced to leave behind. If you know any, invite them along on your outing…and thank them for they’ve sacrificed greatly as well and their pain isn’t over yet.
A soldier’s weapons and gear change, regularly being updated and improved to meet the needs of the ever-changing battlefield. Some things don’t change though; the reason why every soldier who chose to join the miltary being one of these constants.
For Love Of Country
By and large these men and women joined up for the simple reason of their love of their country. That’s the singular reason why they chose to write a blank check to their nation, payable upon their lives, their minds, and their very souls if needs be.