For the past year, America has been intensely divided, unlike anytime in recent history. We fight over politics. We fight over civil rights. We fight over who is superior, Batman or Superman (it’s Batman). We fight over whether pineapple is an acceptable topping on pizza (it’s not) [Editor’s Note: it is]. But today, our petty squabbles can wait.
Throughout America’s existence, it has had to defend herself from the evils of the world. From those who would love nothing else but to see liberty fall and freedom be silenced. From those who would seek to murder us all in an instant if given the chance.
From our very first, true war as a fledgling nation against the British, to the wars of modern day, brave Americans have stood up against these forces, driving them back in defense of, not just themselves or their families, but of all of us and everything this country stands for.
Tragically and inevitably, whenever these battles for light and liberty come to the fore, heroic, selfless Americans lose their lives fighting them. As many say, especially today, these selfless souls gave their lives for their country, but it is more than that. They gave their lives for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They gave their lives so that all of us wouldn’t have to.
Today is their day, and though every veteran and serviceman deserves our respect, we do not focus on them, but their fallen brothers and sisters across all generations, from all battles.
This is not a day of politics. It is not a day for you to preach about which wars you think were wrong or right. It is a day to honor sacrifice and a day that, all of us, right and left, must put aside politics and come together to say thank you.
On that note, I will end on this:
To every serviceman and servicewoman who has given their life for this American experiment, thank you.
To every serviceman and servicewoman who stared into the abyss and didn’t blink, thank you.
To every serviceman and servicewoman across every generation and every battle who fought to defend our rights and freedoms, making the ultimate sacrifice in the process, thank you.
Their sacrifice can never be truly appreciated in full, nor can it ever be fully fathomed by any of us. Some sacrifices can never be understood. What we can do, however, is appreciate it every single day and remember something important; though we reflect on their sacrifice today above all other days, the sacrifice and the impacts it has made still exists the other 364 days of the year. Though we look back on it today above all other days, never let their sacrifice and bravery slip your mind and always say thank you.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.