Memorial Day, May 25
This past week, Robert Redfield the Director of the Center for Disease Control tweeted that death totals from COVID-19 will exceed 100,000 in the United States by June 1. We remember them in a special way this Memorial Day and pray for their families as we continue the “battle” against this serious virus.
We also pause to honor and remember all those who have given their lives through military service in our nation’s history. My own father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was one of the fortunate to return home to resume a normal life. 405,399 other enlistees from World War II were not as lucky, nor 116,516 from World War I, nor 618,000 from the Civil War. For totals on all those who have given their lives in the history of our nation’s wars see Matthew Green’s 2017 article from KQED news.
While I personally struggle with the moral challenges of war due to my desire to follow a non-violent Jesus and Catholic non-violent role models like Dorothy Day and Archbishop Oscar Romero, I fully value, acknowledge, am grateful for the sacrifices that others have made to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.
Let’s remember and pray for them today as we work toward creating a peaceful world for our future.