“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
How does one say “Happy Memorial Day”? There is nothing happy about war, about having a day to remember all the lives and dreams cut short by the politics and hatred that give birth to war. Watching the National Memorial Day concert on PBS last night, I appreciate and am grateful for the emphasis on helping the wounded soldiers who come home, not just wounded in body, but in heart, soul and psych. We as a society have come a long way in understanding the human cost of war is not just in fatalities.
Memorial Day is a day to reach out to the warriors who survive the battle fronts, as well as the family and friends of those who do not come home, they too are the casualties of war and live every day with broken hearts.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a warrior and a thoughtful man who saw war for what it was. Here are two of his many quotes on the subject.
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war”.
Honoring and wishing all whose lives are touched by war a day of peace and love.