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Memorial Day 2030 I pray is a real memorial day, one that looks back and remembers how we took our country back from the current captivity.

I will avoid ranting, as most do annually, of how Memorial Day has turned into just another day off.  Instead I would like to provide some interesting facts that would explain a legitimate reason why people do not resonate as they should with memory of heroes past.

It has to do with the depersonalization of war through the need for secrecy on operations, and the lack of personal stories.  There just aren’t that many WWII vets around to talk to.

The ones who sacrificied the most never made it back.  The ones who sacrificed just as much but got lucky and did make it back are the least likely to talk about it.

The biggest reason, though, is the lens of history making victory seem inevitable when — it wasn’t.

Let me give you some random facts lost on this generation.  All facts easily verifable on the internet.

— The war that killed the most Americans by far was the US Civil War.

As brave as men were on both sides, they weren’t suicidal when they charged up hills in the face of the enemy.  A good marksman hit what he aimed at 50% of the time and took a minute to reload.  More people died from secondary things like exposure and disease than actual fighting.

This was a bloody, dirty, face-to-face war, with no remote controls.  They were extremely brave when they charged those hills.

It was an avoidable war.  As much as I hate the direction of the USA today under Obama, people need to temper the revolution rhetoric by reflecting upon the Civil War and counting the cost.

— World War II saw almost every peacetime submarine commander in the US Navy fired and replaced.  Peacetime breeds bureacracy; when it hits the fan, risk-taking leaders are put into place.

— I was in Gulf One, otherwise known as Desert Storm.  History seems to describe a short push button war with no risk and a predetermined outcome…..

Originally published on now-defunct