Saturday, May 29, 2010

"Memorial Day"

This weekend should be a time to commemorate and remember the American soldier who fought for our freedom; many who died or were injured during the various wars and conflicts throughout our nation's history. I believe Memorial Day was first established to remember the Civil War soldiers as this war had a great loss of life for both the North and the South with the conclusion of this war resulting in the preservation of the United States and the abolition of slavery in America.

In our country the President of the United States is deemed "The Commander in Chief " of our military. It is customary that the President lay a wreath at "The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" as a remembrance for the soldiers who fought and died for America some of whom their remains could not be recovered as a show of respect for their ultimate sacrifice of giving their life for their country. While it is true that not every President since the Civil War has laid a wreath during Memorial Day at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the vast majority have made the effort to honor the fallen heroes.

Our current president I guess had other plans this weekend. Instead of honoring the efforts of the soldiers; he decided that he and his family would go back to Chicago for a mini vacation where he made time to play basketball and maybe play a little golf, although I'm not sure if he played golf yet this weekend.

I don't know about you, but in addition to remembering the soldiers this "Memorial Day" I'll be remembering the actions of our president in November 2010 and 2012. Hopefully after the 2012 election our president can practice his cross over dribble and golf to his heart's content as a private citizen.