Thursday, June 7, 2012

Should the President Care If We Don’t?

By Annoyed With Things

I am not an Obama Basher per se.  I don’t like most of his politics and I think he is mostly an empty suit when it comes to being hawkish with American foreign policy, but I don’t hate him.  Essentially, unless there are blips in the news or he does something particularly annoying, I don’t pay much attention to him at all.  So today when I realized he, as the sitting Commander in Chief of our armed forces, was not in any way, commemorating the anniversary today, June 6th (article on schedule here), I was all set to open fire and let him have it with both metaphoric barrels.  But then I realized that no one seemed to be commemorating the day’s events outside of the military and its veterans, how incredibly sad.  Why Should the President care if the country doesn’t?

I am sure it will get a brief mention on tonight’s news.  They will have some stock footage from the day’s events so long ago, and the obligatory footage of someone laying a wreath at a memorial with TAPS heard in the background, and that will be it, on to the next thing. 

I am not going to tell you what happened on this date, go look it up for yourself and shame on you if you don’t already know.  If you are in the military or you are a veteran you know.  Today across the globe, at every unit large and small, in every service, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, some unit commander or senior enlisted leader will step forward before their comrades in arms and ask them to bow their heads for a moment of silence and remembrance.  Because we swore to never forget, even if everyone else does.  The You Tube video below is probably the best commemoration speech for this event that there ever will be.  Watch it and try not to weep.  If today’s events are going by the boards in just 68 years, after we swore to never forget, I wonder how long a shelf life September 11th will have. – unless of course you’re a military, police, fire or EMS family, then you think about it every day.

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