I’ve always loved History, especially military history. The first History paper that I wrote in middle school was on the Battle of Iwo Jima. World War II history is what bit me first, then the history of the American Civil War. Since then I have read extensively on those two wars as well as the American Revolution, the War of 1812, World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and other various conflicts. With what I’ve written below, I’m not trying to be political, I just want those who don’t follow History to understand the varied backgrounds of those that we remember on this day.
Today is not a day of celebration. It is a day of solemn remembrance, a day to remember those who gave their lives in the service of our country. Remember those who volunteered and those who drafted. Remember those who died who were were conscripted when they couldn’t pay someone to take their place and those who died who could afford to pay someone to take their place but didn’t. Remember those who couldn’t get a deferment and died and those who could get a deferment but didn’t and died. Remember the African Americans who died before they had the full freedom of citizens and the Native Americans who died for a country that throughout its history failed to treat them with respect. Remember the Japanese Americans who died for their country even though their families were in internment camps. Remember the immigrants who died, some before they attained citizenship, for their newly adopted country. They were all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who died for the comrades who fought next to them and for us back at home. Don’t forget what today is about, take time out of your day to remember those who sacrificed themselves for us.