Although he states in this beginning that this is not a deep posting, it is. Lex writes about Memorial Day:
They stand there still in the certain knowledge, gained now not through the musty reminiscences of scarred and hoary elders, but in testimony woven into the daily fabric of their everyday existence, that having cleared their throats and raised their voices and answered the question, “Who will stand for us?” with a firm, “I will,” that this could happen.
They did this because collectively we asked them to. All of us, even those who said, “Not in my name.”
Yes – in your name too. They did it for you.
These are their lives and this is our loss. Futures that will not now happen. Stories that remain incomplete. Not for today the debate about why or whether. For today, we must merely acknowledge their sacrifice, and the debt that we cannot repay. And give thanks to those who agreed to stand for us.
And maybe just this weekend, even if just for today – let us say their names.
Another post from Lex worth reading this Memorial Day: The Empty Chair.