Saturday, July 04, 2009
Despite our best efforts to keep her from doing so, our republic has survived 233 years, longer than any democracy type government in history. Lat us take a moment and take a break from the hot dogs and the fireworks and the beer and remember that this day is the anniversary of our freedom. I received an e-mail this week outlining the sacrifices that the signers of the Declaration of Independence actually made to assure our freedom. Almost to a man they died penniless, but free. Yet I think that if you asked them if they would do it again, to a man they would respond with a resounding yes!
I have pasted below an e-mail I received today bemoaning the fact that so much is being made of Michael Jackson's death when so man of our finest young men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is sad that we have such clamor over a pop stars death and not over our service people especially since the service people died to that the American public would have the freedom to mourn the death of Michael Jackson, or Farrah Fawcett.
God bless America, land that I love
Stand Beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies
To the ocean white with foam
God Bless America
My home sweet home.
While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.
Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.
These American military members died in Iraq this month:
Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
Specialist Christopher M. Kurth
Specialist Charles D. Parrish
Lance C or p or al Robert D. Ulmer
Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo
Sergeant Joshua W. Soto
Captain Kafele H. Sims
Specialist Chancell or A. Keesling
And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:
Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.
Specialist Munguia Rivas, Rodrigo A.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.
1st Sergeant Blair, John D.
Sergeant Smith, Paul G.
Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua
Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.
Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.
Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr., Ricky L.
Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.
Lance C or p or al Whittle, Joshua R.
Maj or Barnes, Rocco M.
Maj or Jenrette, Kevin M.
Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.
Specialist J or dan, Jeffrey W.
Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P.
Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.
Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.
Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.
Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.
Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.
Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting.
John Martin Miles
Law Offices of John M. Miles
Counselor at Law, P.C.