Today is Memorial Day. The picture below is from a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Washington, DC and this is displayed in many, if not all, Chick-Fil-A restaurants. The page on the back of the table reads:
THIS TABLE IS RESERVED FOR OUR MISSING COMRADES IN ARMS
The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of our fallen comrades and the loved ones and friends of these comrades who keep the faith. The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast. The chair is empty – they are missing.
This Memorial Day I want to say, “I love America.”
We have a country where you can express whatever opinion you have on any subject. With a vision, hard work and endurance, you can achieve almost anything you can dream. We have a country of big cities, small towns and villages, oceans, beaches, mountains, plains, forests, and deserts. You can practice any faith or have no faith at all. We have a system where we can elect representatives to our government every two and four years.
There is so much more I can say about this country I love.
Is America perfect? I would say the America represented in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution is perfect.
Our imperfections come from people who do not believe in the principles set forth in that Declaration and Constitution. And, imperfections come from people just being human – making mistakes and bad judgments.
I served during a time when our military was looked down on by many people in our country. But, that didn’t change my mind about our country. I served alongside many good men who sacrificed their time away from families to do their duty. Those men, and their families who waited patiently and sacrificially for them, represent America to me.
Our ship went around the world and I saw many different countries. They all had some good qualities, but none of them appealed to my heart the way America does to me, even after almost 74 years of life.
On this day, and every day, I proudly say “God bless America.”