Memorial Day weekend has carried special meaning to me for a very long time. I always knew in some way that I wanted to serve my Country. I am no war hero, nowhere near it, but I respect all that fall under that distinction.
Throughout everything that has happened in recent months, as Memorial Day has approached, it has felt heavier than ever. I have felt from day 1 that the United States of America is at war. I have much more in depth thoughts on that for another time, but for now, remembering those fallen brothers and sisters that gave all for the betterment of our Country has just felt very important.
One of the most powerful experiences I have ever had was when I attended the flag laying at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in 2015. Seeing the thousands of graves of servicemen and women was an awe-inspiring and emotional experience for me. It solidified my past decisions that changed my life in many ways, and it brought home the fact that generations of bravery is what truly built this Country.
We are in the middle of a transformation as a society. Hundreds of millions of people are living in a world where they are totally reliant on information, and in almost all directions one can look, the information is conflicting. That leads to a hard line stance pitting one side of society against the other. Both sides tend to believe they are right, because their information source they have chosen to trust convinced them that they stand on the right side of history as it will be told in generations to come. I think about how powerful that is, and how it can be potentially lethal to a free nation that was founded on the idea that the men and women of this Country have inalienable rights to make decisions; these rights are being shredded right now, and at some point, there will be a reaction.
I am reminded of an oath I and so many others took.
"I, Brandon Callahan, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
When that oath is taken, it has a different meaning for each and every person that recites the words. For me, it was a lifelong promise that whether I am wearing the uniform I once wore or not, I will do everything in my power to defend the freedoms of this Country against anybody that attempts to attack them. I see it as a responsibility to spread information as far and wide as I can so as many people as possible are able to see what is happening and the dangers that can come with such apathy. A call to arms can take many forms. Throughout the crisis, information has come so fast and furious, it is nearly impossible to keep up with. I have about a dozen topics I would like to write about, but finding the time between work and family has been somewhat difficult. Just deciding what is the most important topic to discuss has become a chore, if I am being honest. As Memorial Day approaches, I felt it to be a good time to reaffirm my desire to help people in any way I can when it comes to gathering and digesting information.
I believe we all have a responsibility to each other as citizens to be cognizant of one another's fears and carry an understanding that we all have different reasons to think the way we think. There should be a mutual respect between all citizens and the ability to understand that one person's fears or anger is very real to that person, even if we don't agree with or share those feelings.
Remembering all those that have fallen in defense of our Country is something vastly important to the survival of our ways of life. One thing those men and women died for was the ability for every citizen of the United States of America to be able to decide how is best for them to handle times of stress and crisis. From many angles, during this crisis, the information sources I eluded to before have driven a wedge between people and that makes understanding, support, and love for one another a very difficult thing to achieve. I am hopeful all of us, whether we have put on a uniform and taken the oath I quoted or not, are able to begin to understand without each other we are nothing. Where We Go One, We Go All.
Whether someone subscribes to one side of the political spectrum or another, at this time, it is of dire importance for all Americans to see what is really happening. There are enemies of our Republic among us, and they need to be held accountable for their crimes against our citizens. We are at war, and have been for some time. I do believe World War III began a while ago, the main reason it is barely recognizable is because there are not flags flying on one side and the other. There has been no official declaration of war. There have not been bullets flying and bombs dropping in the traditional sense, however, there have been an abundance of both in a sense. Informational Warfare is a very real thing, as is Psychological Warfare. People also need to understand that Memetic Warfare is also a very real thing. We will get into that soon as well.
An infiltration of our sources of information has taken place over many years, and there is a nefarious result that is being attempted right in front of our eyes. I understand these words can be difficult to stomach for many, and I am simply hoping to share information and the idea of critical thinking. Asking questions can lead to a very enlightened viewpoint of anyone's reality. In the days, weeks, and months to come, there will be truths being told that likely will be very difficult to accept for many people. I cannot and would not be so pompous to tell you what you should believe, because frankly, I feel like a lot of this will simply be unbelievable and many will need to digest it all in their own way.
As we spend Memorial Day, hopefully, with friends and family, remember those that have given everything in hopes that the American people can thrive and live the lives we are promised within our Constitution. I pray for the brave souls that have left us, and for the inherent strength and togetherness of our great Country to shine in what has been very dark times for so many.
I will leave you with a few more visuals from Leavenworth National Cemetery as we remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Stay vigilant and strong. Remember what is important.