This is my non-cookie cutter post. It’s not going to be a long one, but it’s obligatory. It seems General John Kelly is a popular guy with non-cliche speeches. He writes them, then he writes them well. They’re well attributed to him and although sometimes they’re a bit long winded, they’re ALWAYS worth the read!
In mid-March, I posted ‘The Last Six Seconds.’ It’s LtGen Kelly’s retelling of a tale of 2 Marines standing guard in Iraq who stayed to fight when everybody else was running. Arguably, they saved dozens, if not hundreds of their compatriots and then some.
Today has David’s post over on Random Nuclear Strikes.
It’s not a story of a single person who died. It’s not about a Marine that jumped on the grenade. It’s a reminder to parents who their son or daughter were. It teaches those survivors more about respect than remorse. I can’t help but think of General George Patton’s quote when I read it, either:
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died, rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — George Patton, June 7 1945.
When I read Gen. Kelly’s speech, I’ll admit that I cried a bit. When some people read things and start that process, they fix it. They stop reading. When it’s time to remember those that have sacrificed like on Memorial Day, don’t stop reading. You need to read and remember why it is that the words in front of you are evoking the emotion they are evoking. Death sucks. Death is also inevitable. These men decided to make theirs mean something. Don’t let their deaths mean nothing by forgetting what you’re crying for.