May 27, 2005


The Celebration of Memorial Day Carries a Heavy Price

“There have been 1,814 coalition troop deaths, 1,635 Americans, 88 Britons, 10 Bulgarians, one Dane, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 21 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, one Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of Wednesday, May 26, 2005.”

Memorial Day, May 30 is upon us. It is a day that is set aside in re-membrance of all those who have died protecting our Country. In years gone by, we often lamented that we, as a nation, needed to take the time, in between going to the beach, to actually sit back and think about and thank our heros, devote Memorial Day to reflect and think about what Memorial Day is all about.

Often, we have commented in the pages of La Prensa San Diego that we should, though we don’t, take more than the one weekend we are afforded and memorialize our brave men and women who may make the ultimate sacrifice in behalf of their Country. Men and women, who may survive the horrors of war, should be remembered every day of the year for selfishly devoting their lives to maintaining our country free and secure. On a daily basis now, we are reminded of the price of freedom. Freedom is not free.

The price to live a peaceful happy life, without fear, is dependent on a strong military. Freedom cannot be taken for granted. Every time the list of those who died in defense of our country is published, a national prayer for the repose of their Souls should be intoned in the Churches of America. Perhaps, the sound of our voices raised in their behalf will resonate within the hallowed halls of Heaven and they will rest in peace knowing that they have not been forgotten.

This Memorial Day we raise our flag and salute the men and women who daily make the ultimate sacrifice in behalf of Freedom, Peace, and Justice in the world. Send your personal prayer of thanksgiving to all who have served and continue to serve in behalf of humanity.

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