by Post Editorial Board • The New York Post
Memorial Day inspires mixed emotions: pride in the valor of those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom; sorrow that such self-sacrifice should have been necessary. Pride in past valor may be best expressed in the St. Crispin’s Day speech from “Henry V” (Act IV, Scene iii), delivered by the young king on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt.
That’s the question some are asking this Memorial Day weekend. In particular, they have in mind the 6,796 military men and women who have died fighting the War on Terror that began with an attack on this city.
It’s an understandable question after more than a decade of war. Even so, we suggest the emphasis is misplaced.
Those who gave their lives in the service of their nation are not victims. They were trained professionals, volunteers all, most of whom stepped forward after 9/11 to wear the uniform knowing the risks.
We are lucky to have such men and women, as well as those who have taken their places. Continue reading
by Peter Huessy
Memorial Day is a time of honoring our fallen heroes. Just as we should remember all who serve America in harm’s way.
At this we are not doing a very good job.
We are cutting hundreds of billions from our defense budget.
And we are not caring for our wounded soldiers as we promised.
And is has become fashionable once again to blame the terrorism we face not just on American foreign policy failures but on our very soldiers we send to defend our country. Continue reading