On February 23, 1945, seventy-five years to the date, six Marines raised the American Flag upon the top of Mount Suribachi. The blood of thousands of Marines was spilled upon the sand and leaked into the seas during the thirty-six day battle for Iwo Jima. Over 19,000 marines lost their lives in effort to secure the island of Iwo Jima for the U.S. Military.
Time is enduring. It is lasting. Time has the ability to soften and lose the luster and veracity of our memories. Time has the ability to jade us from the horrors of the past by our disconnection from the moment. Time is enduring and will continue well after humanity is gone.
Today, the Marine Corps turns two hundred and forty four today. The Marine Corps has been one of the greatest accomplishments and moments in my personal history.
For most of my life I have been obsessed about war and conflict. I have always gravitated towards it. Their is so much complexity to the dynamics of warfare it has always intrigued me.
On this day seventy-five years ago young men of the Allied Forces where preparing to raid the beaches of Normandy. Young American soldiers were preparing for the daunting task laid before them to secure Normandy beach, guarantee a Allied Victory, and change the course of the War.
The sacrifice of these heroes should never be forgotten. It is because of their sacrifice and belief in the character of this nation that we enjoy our freedoms. The freedom of speech, religion, and sex. The right to keep and bare arms. Checks and balances of government powers. The freedom of the individual. Their sacrifice has preserved those freedoms in this wonderful nation.
With Memorial Day upon us I was thinking about where I would like to go in the future to honor The Fallen of this country. To pay respect and to honor the sacrifice they made for this country. Their sacrifice has allowed us to enjoy the freedoms and liberties we in America cherish so dearly.