This is what I think of on Memorial Day

4 min readMay 27, 2019

I honor the soldiers who have served us, but not for the reasons most people do.

Memorial Day is upon us again. I am somewhat aware of the fallen, the injured, the irreparably scarred. I only know something of their pain, their anguish, and the holes in their families.

But I also know that our brave men and women made the choice to enlist. Enlistment is voluntary in America. And yet, we are still at war. If enlistment is voluntary, then war is voluntary. We don’t have to go to war.