For as long as I can recall Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day have had tremendously powerful emotional and psychological gravity for me. On my father’s side I can trace my lineage back to three of the original Mayflower Compact signatories and have relatives who have served in the military and have fought in every major armed conflict since 1620. My mother’s side (and my wife’s entire family tree) heralds from Eastern Europe and Russia, having come to the United States as a place of refuge either from the Russian anti-Jewish pogroms of the 19th and 20th centuries or ahead of Hitler’s death camps. Sociologist Robert Bellah described America as has having a secular “civil religion” that identified these days as sacred. I concur.
So to the millions of soldiers and their families who have defended the liberty and freedoms that American’s enjoy today, thank you for everything. Freedom is not free and your sacrifice shall never be forgotten.
On an interesting note, the quote from Einstein above bears a remarkable similarity to the following statement: “[a]ll that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This is often and incorrectly attributed to Irish politician Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) but without definitive source but can also be attributed to Sergei Bondarchuk (1920 – 1994) in his film adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) novel War and Peace.
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