Memorial Day is the day we remember our
fallen heroes, the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for our country. We are still at war in Afghanistan although seldom do we hear about this war that has entered its 13th year. There are 32, 800 of our troops still embedded there. To date, 2,181 American lives have been lost on Afghan soil. Lives cut short, children left without a parent, families grief stricken.
No matter how we feel about war, we are united in our appreciation of the members of our military. Together we honor them and pay tribute on this day especially.
In two wars waged on American soil, our country was divided. Of course, we know the division caused by the Civil War when the Southern states seceded from the Union. But in an earlier war, The Revolutionary War, citizens were divided too. Some were loyal to the crown, but most wanted to break from England and establish their own government. Near where I live, the Battle of Kings Mountain was waged on May 22, 1780. The only British soldier there was Major Patrick Ferguson who commanded the Loyalist militia, all Americans. The patriots made a surprise attack, surrounding the Loyalists and defeating them. The battle lasted 65 minutes, killing 29 Patriots, and 290 Loyalists.
It is hard for me to wrap my brain around Americans fighting Americans, but history tells us it has happened. Civil war in other countries makes the news every day. The Middle East is a hot bed of instability, one group trying to destroy another. The civil unrest by outlaw militias in Africa is heartbreaking. The horrors of Nazi Germany where millions of Jews were exterminated still haunts us. People against people. Dehumanizing, immoral, and life changing.
I pray that my grandchildren and future generations will not witness firsthand the affects of war. United we stand, divided we fall.