Not a single veteran was in front of the store selling a single poppy.
Strange. Really strange.
I have no explanation why, in fact, it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday I didn’t see the veterans and poppies. Maybe the veterans who’ve sold the poppies in the past aren’t physically able to do so anymore, or maybe those same veterans have died.
I doubt the store said no to veterans, but who knows? It’s possible someone at some time got offended at the sight of the veterans and demanded they not be allowed in front of the store. Today, everyone’s offended by everything at every given moment.
Memorial Day isn’t just a day off from work, a day to visit the lake or the cabin. It’s a day to remember the sacrifice service men and women have made so the rest of can go visit the lake or the cabin. They’ve sacrificed time from their loved ones, their families, their limbs, even given their lives, to ensure the rest of us have freedom, something we take for granted.
There are still soldiers overseas fighting – but for what exactly? We live in a world of sound bites, fleeting images and 140 characters – we’ll probably never really know the truth.
When I was a child, we learned about World War I, World War II, the Civil War, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. We learned about the atrocities in each, we learned how it shaped America and its relationships with other countries.
Schools today water down past historical events in the name of political correctness. Screw political correctness – hurt some feelings, make people feel, make people remember. Teach what happened, not what we wish had happened.
We should never forget past wars, or the events that happened within the wars, events such as the holocaust or slavery. If they’re forgotten, there’s always a possibility they will be repeated.
Not seeing the veterans sell poppies makes me wonder if the younger veterans will take up this task. I can’t shake the feeling the answer is no; I hope I’m wrong.
If you ever see a veteran, no matter what day of the year it is, stop and say thank you. It’s the least we can do. And should you see one selling a poppy, buy one.