Memorial Day is supposed to be a time when we remember those who either died or were somehow incapacitated ''for our freedom.''
Perhaps the first ''Memorial Day'' - even before we had such a holiday - was expressed by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, when he said, "... these dead shall not have died in vain.''
In order to know whether or not they ''died in vain,'' we should know exactly what they had died for.
This truth would - logically - carry over to the ''memorials'' of our more recent times and wars.
Assuming that ''these dead'' (or incapacitated) had ''given their lives for freedom,'' we might consider the following freedoms that currently exist within the United States and question whether these could possibly have been their goal.
1. Freedom to murder unborn babies - more than 57 million of them;
2. Freedom for homosexuals to say or do anything they choose;
3. DENIAL of the freedom to oppose them;
4. Freedom of judges to overrule a voting body as has been done in partial birth abortion and the falsely called homosexual marriage;
5. Freedom of judges to overrule private property rights as has been done with eminent domain and probate intrusion;
6. Freedom to destroy a once sound economic system;
7. Freedom to use public education to destroy every last vestige of Biblical morality and family structure;
8. Freedom to discourage individual achievement at the expense of a welfare state;
9. Freedom to deny Americans access to public office by erecting a false standard of qualification (you might have greater wisdom than any candidate, or be extremely well versed in Biblical Law, but be denied candidacy for a judgeship, for example);
10. Freedom to establish Secular Humanism as the national religion - in spite of the First Amendment's denial of such a right;
11. Freedom of elected officials to deny their oath of office and refuse to keep it;
This list is not exhaustive, but should be sufficient to indicate that these dead and maimed have ''died in vain.''
Perhaps Memorial Day should become a Day of Sorrow as we lament that fact and express our sincere apologies to the men, women and children for having used them as sacrificial lambs in the world's quest for power and fortune.