Memorial Day has passed once more. Surely a day to be valued with deep gratitude. It stirred me to think that perhaps we need another day of deep gratitude.
While the Nobel Peace Prize does a great service to history’s “peacemakers,” should we not be supremely thankful for those whose heroic efforts have prevented the horror of an avoidable war?
From the pre-teen smaller kid who stands down the school bully to the giants of peace—Don’t they deserve a “Peacemakers Day”? The names of warriors, generals and courageous defenders of all people pour rather easily off our tongues. How about Ghandi, Desmond Tutu, the Dali Lama, Begin and Sadat and Carter, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Linus Pauling and numerous others, past and present. People who, often at great risk, devote themselves to our greatest gift—life itself.
No one is being critical of Memorial Day’s deep significance. Just a deeper appreciation for Peace.
“If God is on our side, he’ll stop the next war” Bob Dylan-With God on Our Side (1963)
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Tom, A noble gesture indeed. Unfortunately, but somewhat understandably, most of the recognition remains skewed towards the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. With our country being the most despised nation in the world – yet our freedom the most coveted – so many resources are poured into defence. Our often brash decisions to invade others for our own selfish reasons make us that much more despicable in the eyes of others. Lives are lost, principles are compromised and the vicious cycle continues. Yet, we remain free and still the most envied nation despite all of the flaws.
But….if there is a damn Mother-in-laws day, by God there should sure have a day to recognize the custodians of Peace!