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)