On Memorial Day
Truth is not the enemy of those who live with honor.
Nor is compassion a threat to those who care.
Memory is not a problem for those who tell the truth
Nor is knowledge a threat to those that seek it.
Values get in the way of those who think only of themselves.
And power is God to those that think they are God.
If we would honor those that died
Then let us do so with the way we live.
If a country is worth their death
Is it not also worth our commitment.
If people have a right to life
Do they not also have a right to livimg
Should not the hungry eat
The sick be cared for in their pain
The homeless have shelter
Should we not be free from the fear
Of what others might say about the
Way we look, the way we talk, the faith
And values we hold dear?
Are we not diminished in important ways
By injustice done to our neighbors?
On this day of celebrating the sacrifices
Of so many
Let us commit to the sacrifices ahead
And build on what so many have given
To make this country honor
The best it can be.