Honour The Price.
“Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation…” – Winston Churchill
Today is the day we pause to remember, the day we dedicate to those who have fought and struggled and died on our behalf. We, those of us who live under the shield of freedom and safety that these men and women provide, owe them so much more than this one day, but at the least today we can pause and honour those who make our lives, our ideals, and even our disagreements possible. We can recognize the cost of our comforts and our peace and be thankful.
“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan
Ever since mankind first began to group together into communities there have been those who took up rock and spear, or sword and shield, or helmet and rifle and marched out in defence of their homes or in support of some great cause. Whether the cause was just or evil, whether their leaders were great or terrible still one has to appreciate the courage, the sacrifice, and the strength of the soldier. These men and women seek out the hardest and most unpleasant of situations, and go knowingly into horror and danger the likes of which most of us cannot imagine. They do so because WE ask it of them, because our society, our civilization cannot exist without them. These ordinary people who take up the duty of safeguarding our lives and our freedoms are the heart and soul of all human endeavour. Our freedoms do not come from the heavens, our freedoms were born in bloody mud churned fields where our grandfathers and their grandfathers struggled tooth and nail against others who would have had us be something else, something less, something a little less free. Our morality comes not from some ancient book or tablet but from those who stand up prepared to defend the weak from the strong.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
Today remember that our freedoms, our ideals, our nations themselves were not granted to us from on high. They were not given to us by the pretty, well-meant words of politicians and statesmen, the sermons of priests or the writings of scholars. At it’s base and foundation all that was, is, or ever will be exists because a brave few stand forward to claim it, to secure it, and to defend it. Face this truth with humility and grace and be grateful. You think war is evil? It is, that’s true, but never forget for a second that all the world would be war and evil if it weren’t for those men and women who hold the darkness back with their effort and sweat and their very blood. Hate the deed if you will, hate the necessity of its existence but be grateful of the fact that there are those who will stand forward. It is an often quoted but rarely considered truth that freedom is not free. Take the time today to honour the price paid by those who have given you so much and who receive in return so little.