Honor Them All

I was going to write a short poem here, something that would convey my thoughts on the subject, but I decided a few, short words might do just as well. To the point, with no misunderstanding.

For those of us who live in freedom loving nations, there are elements out there wanting to undermine and ultimately destroy that freedom. Those elements will do anything it takes to achieve that end; anything from blowing themselves up with a bus full of innocents to flying planes into buildings full of even more innocents. These elements will have you believe they are just even righteous in their cause. At the end of the day, for those of us who love freedom and goodness, they are pure evil.

I want nothing more for these people to put down their hatred, to put down their arms, and join the rest of us peace loving, freedom loving people in drink and festivity. I want to put away weapons forever and use all the resources we now us to fend off that evil to cure sickness and feed the hungry. I want it so much I can taste it and think that maybe someday, in some other time or even realm, it can happen.

Until that day comes, however, know that the reason we lay down in relative safety each and every night is because of the sacrifice of our daughters and sons, those who willingly confront the evil that seeks to destroy us, battling that evil even in the face of their own mortality.

There is nothing we can say or do that could ever honor those people enough. Saying thank you somehow rings hollow, but I think for most of them, it would be more than enough.

Tim Keen

Memorial Day, 2016



About timkeen40

When I was seven, I opened one of those little Golden Books (Lassie) and started copying the words down on paper and it set my soul on fire. I have been writing ever since. I don't know where this is going but I invite you along on the journey.
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9 Responses to Honor Them All

  1. macjam47 says:

    A deeply heartfelt post.

  2. chicasl10 says:

    violence of any kind is destroying daily. Peace is what we want But so hard to have.
    Even in a protest mars in Belgium here we had a police officer, went to the violent protest guys without weapon without helmet without bullet proof vest. and what happened>?? he landed in hospital a guy attacked him Protest for peace we need 200%.

  3. prenin says:

    Sickness and Evil are the theme behind all violent acts.

    Unfortunately the only true defence against such things is further violence.

    So I say “Thank You” to all who have made the decision to stand against this poisonous tide whose acts of depravity and evil are beyond a decent person’s comprehension.

    God Bless!


  4. tdem61 says:

    Profound thoughts wonderfully worded. I join you in your tribute and share your hopes.

  5. It seems counter-intuitive that the stronger we seem to the world, the less we need to use it. Which suits me fine.

  6. Sue Ranscht says:

    Wanting to enjoy peace and freedom requires ingrained concepts of tolerance and acceptance — concepts that have never been understood or valued at the fanatical level of any religion. And of course, such fanatics see their views not as evil, but as you say, right. And somehow they believe they are justified in imposing their beliefs on everyone who doesn’t see the world through the same lens. We look through our lens of Live and Let Live and call them Evil, yet they look through theirs and use the same word to describe us. Certainly Live and Let Live is more likely to ensure survival of the species, but that requires respect for scientific thinking.

    I understand the need for Defense Against the Dark Arts and Terrorism, but maybe, instead of answering with retaliatory violence alone, we need to answer with tolerance, acceptance, and education.

    • timkeen40 says:

      Your answer to is correct, of course. I have family members who are Muslim, not extremists and all around good people. I also come from a country that once killed African Americans on site for no other reason than they were African American. Minds can be changed, but it can take decades if not centuries of diligence to do so.

      Until then, the wolves are barking at our door. The men who stand outside that door to keep me safe, to let us write the words that will change minds, should be given our utmost respect and honor.


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