Memorial Day: Remembering the dead and the wounded warrior

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Image courtesy of Center for Car Donations wounded warrior project

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2017 — Memorial Day has traditionally been celebrated it with picnics and family gatherings. But we should also remember that Memorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to those who have died in America’s wars.

Image courtesy of the Wounded Warrior Homes project http://woundedwarriorhomes.org/happy-memorial-day/

More than that, it is a day to remember those men and women who made the supreme sacrifice when their country needed them the most.

Thanks to advances in medical and military technology, death tolls from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were far lower than they would have been in decades past.

Image courtesy of the Wounded Warrior Project – https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

The number of wounded and damaged survivors, on the other hand, is larger.


On Memorial Day, we should remember not just those who died in America’s wars, but also those who survived with less visible but no less real scars. Many of who are struggling, along with their families, to regain their post-service lives.

Wounded Warriors stand at attention for the national anthem during the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, May 25, 2014, in Washington, DC. (NPR.org)

 

This Memorial Day, I’ll remember people like my great-grandfather and great-uncle, who both served in the U.S. Army and lived long lives after their service, as well as all the others I know who serve today.

My great-grandfather was a man I always looked up to as the embodiment of those characteristics the American people expect to see in their servicemen and women.

In addition to remembering the sacrifices of America’s troops, this is a day to remember why they have gone to war.

Whether fighting to save the world from brutal fascist dictators bent on world domination or sharing our blood and treasure to uphold American ideals of peace and prosperity for all, the reasons why America has sacrificed is as important as those who fought and died.

 

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My name is Matthew Justin Geiger; I currently hold a BS in physics and psychology based politics from Allegheny College of Meadville, Pennsylvania. I am the creator/manager/editor of ​The Washington Outsider. I am a freelance writer, political analyst, commentator, and scientist presenting my views through news sites like The Washington Outsider, Communities Digital News (CDN) and Examiner.com. I also host the shows "The Washington Outsider" and "FocusNC" on local news station startup NCTV45 in New Castle, PA. In addition, I have written a short story collection, “​Dreaming of​ Other Realities,” two novellas “​Alien Assimilation” and “​The Survivor,” and a poetry collection, “​A Candle Shrouded in Darkness” available on ​Amazon. My goals are to offer my opinions and skills to those who are in need of an honest, professional consultant or freelance writer.