Wikipedia describes Memorial Day as “a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.” As Compatriots, we do not need to be told the meaning of Memorial Day. For many of our Compatriot veterans, it is a personal day filled with fond memories and ragged emotions of fallen comrades. How we wish we could bring back those fallen American heroes if it were within our power to do so, but all we can do is honor them so that their sacrifice is not forgotten. What words can describe their sacrifice better than the unofficial slogan of the United States Navy “Non sibi sed patriae”…..Not for Self but Country.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, 35th President of the United States of America) once said, “of those to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each one of us—recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state — our success or failure — will be measured by the answers to four questions — were we truly men of courage — were we truly men of judgment —were we truly men of integrity — were we truly men of dedication?”
The high court of history will surely judge our fallen American heroes as having fulfilled their responsibilities to our country. Until our day of judgment as Compatriots, let us loudly herald the bravery of those that have gone before to ensure our liberty and may the high court of history judge us according to our own deeds — “Not for Self but Country.”