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Memorial Day

Posted by Ryan on May 26, 2008

To most, Memorial Day is the official kickoff to the summer season — pools, barbecue, the beach, movie marathons. 

Lately, to more and more Americans its more solemn roots are revived.  It was a day first commemorated as “Decoration Day” to put flags and other items at the graves of friends or relatives who died in the Civil War.  Then, by World War I, it’s name had changed to Memorial Day and was honored on May 30.  It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became the fourth Monday in May.

So, today we honor those who have died defending this country and her interests. Lincoln once said on an old battlefield during the dark days of the Civil War that “it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” 

Such is our charge as we enjoy the sales, the sun and the hot dogs, that we take a minute to remember who have died so that we might live the way we do.

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Iraq Death Toll Hits 4000 Americans

Posted by Ryan on March 24, 2008

It’s still a tough fight in Iraq as the MSM’s obsession with death counts is renewed today as the total American death toll in Iraq hits roughly 4000 soldiers (including non-combat dead).  While every death has meaning and is tied to a family’s sorrow, historically compared to other wars this number is quite low, reflecting only a tough morning in a large Civil War battle, rather than a total after 5 years of heavy combat and constabulary duties in a hostile nation on the other end of the world.  It reflects positively on our soldiers, commanders, and medical staffs that the numbers have stayed this low for so long.  Let’s pray they don’t rise too much higher.

It’s all about perspective, I suppose.

However, I must admit that since last year, the media’s morbid obsession with the number of American dead has waned in the face of the Petraeus Report and Iraq not being the number one campaign issue helping Democrats.  As has been the case since the “Mission Accomplished” speech in May 2003, the MSM’s treatment of the war has been to report what’s happening through a partisan and ideological lens.  Perhaps our soldiers have achieved an unintentional victory against the American and International media’s treatment of what they are doing and accomplishing in Iraq.  It’s a shame they had to fight that battle in the first place. 

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