On Memorial Day let’s remember our troops; they are America’s children

Our troops need to come home soon.

Our troops need to come home soon.

By Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Ph.D.

Once again, a holiday, traditionally observed on the last Monday of May is almost on the radar screen.

Memorial Day’s center stage lies in remembering all the women and men who lost their lives in protecting our country at war. Over time, the world has observed the significance of the holiday, all in the name of remembrance and respect for those who responded to the various calls of God and country, and are no longer among us.

Today, more and more remembrances are there to remind us of those who did not make it back from the Iraq War and Afghanistan, both scenarios far from unknown among families and friends of those who call the United States home.

How about our heroes who returned from the aforementioned two war zones who hardly made it back because they are physically, mentally and emotionally battered?

Aren’t the heroes named above our living heroes? Likewise, our living heroes should be remembered.

They are heroes. Do their countrymen need to be reminded of their service, not solely because of their response to combat, but one that ferried their desire to make the world a better place?

How about those who have stood up courageously to presidents for truth and justice?

How about those who are fighting in the halls of Congress coming from all sides of the political spectrum, intent on letting the American people and the world know the pluses of realistic budget proposals to allow for extra mileage to global peace, one goal that has continued to elude mankind?

Aren’t those legislators heroes too? Don’t they continue to present enormous statistics on the military, those who have experienced what it meant to return maimed, or are still in the throes of armed hostilities, opposed by at least the majority of the people of America?

Did the invasion of Iraq prevent the violence spreading in the Middle East?

Isn’t it adequately clear that the U.S. does not belong amid civil and religious wars?

U.S. troops need to come home to their own home: America.

Washington should be continuously reminded: Those troops do not belong to warring frontiers. They are America’s children. They are heroes. People voted through their own representatives that they want their heroes to come home.

Ignoring political affiliations, American soldiers put their lives on the line for all of America. They deserve to be honored.

Memorial Day is for all war heroes, including those heroes of the peace.

Let the last Monday of May remind every American that Memorial Day stands to lose its significance where raging conflicts abroad continue to involve more and more young women and men answering to their country’s call.

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