One of my privileges each Memorial and Veterans Days is to participate in our town's ceremonies honoring our military past. As the town's fire department chaplain I'm typically invited to give invocations and/or benedictions, which I'm honored to do.
In Nags Head the numbers turning out for these annual celebrations is growing, and that's a good thing. It was great today to see a contingent from the local Marine Corps League detachment in the crowd. But the growth is from the senior population. Noticably absent were children.
So it begs the question: Are we teaching our children why we have such holidays? My guess is "No", because their parents' generation was never taught either. So instead of taking the opportunity to honor and remember the sacrifices made for our freedoms we simply enjoy those freedoms, taking the price paid for them for granted.
Memorial Day has lost the memorial aspect, and is instead a holiday for the beach and picnics. Don't think so? Ask a ten year old tomorrow what Memorial Day is about.
If we neglect our history what will be our future? Teach your children well.