Friday, May 27, 2011


My brother used to employ a simple test to challenge the veracity of the latest manufactured frenzy, fear, catastrophe, calamity, epidemic, etc.  The crisis I remember best was back in the 1980s when the faces of abducted children were routinely posted, among other places, on the sides of milk cartons.  Remember that?  It was reported then that each year something like 3 million children went missing, never to be heard from again.

Well, my brother, as sceptical as all in my family are, would ask:  During the Viet Nam War, about 50,000 Americans lost their lives.  Nearly everyone either knows someone who died in that conflict, or at least knows someone who knows someone who did.  Do you know anyone, or know anyone who knows anyone, who has suffered the kidnapping of a child?

As we move further in time from that war, the premise of his test doesn't work as well as it once did.  (Although the lesson about being sceptical is forever valid.)  However, as we know all too well, the occasions for the risk and loss of life of those serving to protect and defend our nation have continued.

This afternoon begins our Memorial Day weekend.  Do enjoy it.  But as you do, at least for a moment, please pause to remember those who have given their all in service to this great country.  If you know someone, or know someone who knows someone who has given their all, pause also to thank God for them and their sacrifice.  Thank their family as well, personally, if you can.

They deserve our gratitude forever.  We forever need to express it.  

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