Memorial Day as we know it was officially created by Federal law in 1967, but it existed long before then as a day of remembrance on or around the last Monday of May since 1868. It was originally instituted informally as Decoration Day in that year as a way to commemorate all the fallen in the American Civil War. Few people realize today that the American Civil War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in our nation’s history, with nearly 750,000 dead. That is a lot of American lives sacrificed in a cause that so many were willing to fight for, and it is not a cause to take lightly. It was a cause fought because we all at the time had very deep and sincere convictions about what the words on an important document meant to our way of life as a nation, and how it protected each and every individual. The exact details of why so many were willing to fight and die is not worth further elucidation or debate here, but what is paramount in the historical lesson is that so many were sincere enough in their convictions abut that document that they did march off to war for it, willing to give all. That document, as you may have guessed, is the Constitution of The United States of America.
The Constitution is the document that defines us as a nation, giving us our character and structure, and it is the Supreme Law of the Land, to be obeyed by all those that govern us. It elicits strong passion in so many of us on a regular basis, as we reflect on its meaning, and every soldier swears an oath to defend it, with his life if need be, from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Another group of men did step up and take that oath on the eve of World War II, as they saw the clear tyranny of NAZI Germany and The Empire of Japan as anathema to our Liberties guaranteed in that great document and its beautiful words. Off to war they marched again, fighting the dictators that would try to take away our freedom, our Liberties, and at least another 405,000 Americans would perish protecting that document from potential harm. Once more, so many willing to sacrifice all for that document which protects us all from oppression, tyranny, repression, or autocracy. This document is most definitely weighed down with much blood to protect it, which most definitely imbues us with special responsibilities as Citizens.
We could say that the Constitution is literally written in blood by the numerous many that have given it for this document. It is a statistical fact that more than 1.3 million Americans have given their lives in war for this incredible document, and they do it willingly as they know that this document protects us all. They paid the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we may cloak ourselves in its Liberty and safety. Within that document are many guarantees, but there is one guarantee for us all to take special note of, one that all those that have fallen in the many battles would readily understand, as it is the Second Amendment, which gives us all the Right to feel safe and charges us with the Right to protect; the Right to protect this document, protect our nation, protect our neighbors, protect our families, and of course ourselves.
So this Memorial Day, when you toss back a beer, or bite down on a juicy burger, take a minute to recall that the real meaning of the day is to remember all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives for a document that protects us, and that we are also charged with protecting. We do this through its sacred guarantee incorporated in the Second Amendment. So, also reach down and pat your holstered pistol or revolver, and remember what has been sacrificed for it. Let’s keep it! I pray you all enjoy a safe Memorial Day this year, and I hope that this gives you some food for thought, touching your heart in some way.
Bobby W Schmidt
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