Memorial Day 2011: Honoring the Fallen and Those Who Stand Tall for America


memorial-dayBy Eric Golub

Every Memorial Day we say the same things. Conservatives issue praise for our troops as flags fly high. Disaffected Americans treat today as a three day weekend and a time for barbecue.

Liberals will “talk” about how they support the troops but despise the missions when a Republican is President.

Unlike liberals, at least the far left is honest. Leftist anti-war protesters could do their thing 363 days per year and take off Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Instead they decide to use these important days to ratchet up their disgusting behavior of attacking those who defend them.

Yet this Memorial Day is different.

May of 2011 ends with our honoring the fallen. Yet it began by celebrating our heroes – the Seals and support military for taking down Osama bin Laden – permanently. The Navy Seals put the fatal bullets into bin Laden, but they were just continuing a trend that has begun since the Founding of America. American Seals are American Soldiers. They get the job done, and they get it done right.

So to all of the anti-war protesters and mushy-headed liberals who offer fairweather support, let’s provide some clarity on this day of honor.

American soldiers, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, are the good guys. These people help feed, clothe, protect and defend the world, not just America. They are there for us when we are faced with disasters – both man made and natural.

Anti-war protesters all forget one very important fact. They have the right to protest solely because our soldiers give them this right. Ask anti-war protesters what happens to them in Syria. Ask them what happened this week to those trying to assemble in Russia, including the families of the two anti-government protesters found dead in Georgia. It did not, and usually does not, end well for them.

So to all of those people at Code Pink,, the Daily Kos, and the Huffington Post who despise our troops, the door is wide open for you to leave for greener pastures.

War is difficult, but not waging war can be far more hellish. Evil does exist, and not confronting it makes one morally culpable for its spread.

From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 to the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Korea, this was understood. Our soldiers defeated slavery and preserved our union, and later on defeated Communism and Nazism.

Vietnam was won on the battlefield, then lost by the leftist media that wanted us to lose. The worst newspaper in America today offering all the news unfit to print is run by a man who openly admits to having cheered against American troops in Vietnam.

The backlash against the anti-war movement was so severe that even those politicos undermining our troops at every turn by threatening to cut their funding still publicly offer lip service of support.

Through a pair of Gulf Wars in Iraq in addition to Afghanistan and Libya, our soldiers have remained honorable and proud. There are dark spots from time to time, but even when an aberration such as Abu Gharaib occurs, America apologizes and investigates.

People are held accountable. The military has a code of honor.

While we live in our comfortable homes, our soldiers travel far and wide under low pay and sometimes perilous conditions. War is a long, hard slog, but in the end the American military gets it right. It took an entire decade, but our troops killed bin Laden.

This was not vengeance or bloodlust. It was justice.

From 1776 until today, our military has played a vital role in keeping America the greatest experiment in the history of any nation. Many have shed blood and lost their lives to keep us free. So for those who have always honored the fallen, continue to do so.

For the apathetic wolfing down hot dogs and burgers, just take a moment to remember that this weekend is more than a day off from work to get deals at the shopping malls. For those publicly praising the troops in an insincere manner, stop trying to undermine them at every turn.

For the anti-war protesters, we would all be better off if you quit entirely and did something productive with your lives. You have the freedom to protest, but freedom comes with responsibility. At the very least, take Memorial Day off. Our fallen soldiers are forever silent. You could practice silence for one day.

May God bless every fallen soldier in Heaven, and their families still among us.

There has never been a single American soldier who ever died in vain…not one.

May God bless the USA, and to those who gave their lives…thank you forever.

{Washington Times/ Newscenter}


  1. Eric, thank you for a wonderful article. Please know that this Soldier appreciates it.

    Not to throw a pity party but please understand while those we serve were able to enjoy Memorial Day at home, we worked on the weekend. We continue to endure sustained heat of 105 degrees and constant hot winds that feel like we’re walking through a blast furnace. We hunkered down and went about our business in the midst of blinding sandstorms. In this environment, we can not afford to take a day off. So I dutifully bowed my head for a moment of silence in our Monday meeting and carried on mission.