Memorial Day Weekend

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This weekend we remember all those who fought and died in the service of our country.  We will have our parades.  We will listen to speeches that we have heard before over and over and over again.  The results are the same.  In generation after generation we produce the canon fodder that we send to foreign lands for dubious reasons so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we derive from the thousands and thousands of our young men and women killed in action instead of being to live the lives that we take for granted here in the United States.

Today as we approach Memorial Day I want to tell you about a program I saw on T.V. this morning.  It told of the hunger experienced by 50 million children in this country everyday.  These children are not just in Appalachia,  They are not just in the rural south.  They are not just on Native American reservations dotting our land.  No these children are right around the corner from where you and I live.  They go to school with my grandchildren and your children.  They live beneath the unseeing policy makers that we re-elect every year and send to the nations capital and your own state capitals.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t help the weak and helpless in other countries.  I am saying that we should be paying closer attention to our own.  Most of these people did not choose the life they are living.  It was chosen for them through poor education and lack of good paying jobs.  This situation is the biggest threat to our national security not the young jihadist living in Yemen, Saudi Arabia or the many places around the world where hate and envy for what we have is taught.

So as you enjoy the weekend take some time to talk about this at your barbecues at your parades and in your churches.

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2 Replies to “Memorial Day Weekend”

  1. Amen, Amen! In our town they have a school backpack program whereby they fill a backpack with food for those children in need to help tide them over each weekend when they don’t have the school breakfast and lunch programs. Now that school is out, I’m afraid that program ends til school starts again. Such a sad situation in a land where much goes to waste.

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