Don’t Let Those with Hate in Their Hearts Drive Us Apart.
Arlington National Cemetery has more than 400,000 people interred on its grounds, and that is only the second largest number of people buried in a U.S. national cemetery. They are people from the US and 11 other countries, who fought and died in wars since 1860. The cemetery also holds monuments to the Challenger astronauts, who died in that tragic explosion, and other important people to the history of the United States. It holds the real patriots who gave their full measure to protect us all from dictators and despots. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/21/us/arlington-national-cemetery-fast-facts/
So many people were tragically taken during senseless wars and other heartbreaking events. How can we not remember? Memorial Day helps us remember. Originally called Decoration Day, which was a practice begun during the Civil War by women, south and north, who decorated the graves of the fallen. Over 600,000 Americans died during the Civil War.
Now we have hate crimes committed by people claiming to be patriots, Christians, Muslims, Zionists, Buddhists, and white men, all who are lacking in intelligence, and grace. I reject those who say they kill in their god’s name. Not in my God’s name and not in the name of any founder of man’s religions. 911 was a heinous crime committed by Saudi Arabia supported terrorists. ISIS is a group dedicated only to the bastardization of the Muslim religion. Oklahoma City was a crime committed by American white men who knew only hate. Sandy Hook Elementary, Fort Hood, Charlie Hebdo, Paris, London, Orlando, Nice, Brussels are just a small sample. The list is endless and it goes all the way back to the mid 1860’s. For example, after the Civil War “3,000 Freedmen and their Republican Party allies are killed by the Ku Klux Klan and well-organized campaigns of violence by other local whites in a campaign of terrorist violence…”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents
Please, don’t let ignorance and hate by our governmental leaders and hate groups around the world divide us and push us toward a world in which murder and terrorism is a norm. They do not represent us. AND they do not represent the ideals for which our brave men and women have fought and died.
Peace is a long time away. But it does not mean we should give up and let the cruel and evil control our world.