(Officially celebrated on the last Monday of May.)
Memorial Day - another Perspective
by Daniel D. New
Parades. Flags. Bittersweet memories for those who died for their
country. A sad day, a proud day. A day to teach our children about
what it means to be an American. Why the sacrifice they made helped
keep us a free and sovereign nation.
But today, those who refused to serve, refused to fight, indeed, who
publicly demonstrated AGAINST their country, now are in a position
to order a new generation of Americans to serve, to fight, and to die for
every other country!
It's not unprecedented. In fact, it's a return to Feudalism. There was
a time when the Lords of the Realm send peasants to fight and die for
causes in which they had no interest, in lands they had never heard of,
and no one questioned the "Divine Right of Kings."
Do we add to the parades a United Nations flag and memorialize those
who died for everyone else's country, as Al Gore suggests? How many
Americans must be dragged through the streets of Mogadishu before
America says, "Enough is enough."
Perhaps we also need to remember another group of Americans - those
who shipwrecked their careers in order to serve their country. Army
General Douglas MacArthur comes to mind. Fired and dishonored
for wanting to serve his country instead of the United Nations.
So does Army Specialist Michael New. Court-martialed and dragged
through the courts of the Land, dishonored for loving his country, and
refusing to serve as an involuntary mercenary in the United Nations.
For himself? No. He wanted to go. But for those who died in the
American uniform, and for those who follow after him, he refused to
obey an unlawful order to wear an United Nations uniform. He stands
this week in the Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Falls Church
Virginia - proudly - refusing to allow the honor of all those who have
died in exclusive service to America to be prostituted on the altar of
the New World Order.
Michael New personifies Memorial Day.
© 1998 Daniel D. New