As the incident sparked by Lindsay Stone’s actions by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has raised a whirlwind of anger and fury to Ms. Stone and her supervisor, and now that the two have been relieved of their duties as a result of their actions, there is a resonating and disturbing question that we must confront ourselves with.
How did we get to this point?
No person in their right mind would have thought of this, and acted upon them.
Even during the anti-war movements of Vet-Nam, was there never an incident of a activist performing such a heinous action, and if that is not a true statement, please let me know.
What is shocking is that the woman who did this, obviously has no idea, no comprehension, no feasible thought on what that monument represents.
It is a symbol of mourning and respect to those whose names will never be recorded into the annals of the history of the United States for their last full measure of devotion.
It is so they can be honored, and their memory is forever cherished by the generations that they fought, and died, for, though these brave men and women would never see the fruits of their labor.
It is so, those who will never know what happened to their loved ones, can still come to mourn their loss and feel some peace in the sacrifice of their lost friends, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters.
It is to help fulfill the promise of Lincoln that the dead did not die in vain, and more importantly, that we never ever forget what these soldiers did.
We as a people, have grown away from considering ourselves as members of a greater society. We think of ourselves as our own self-contained societies
We think in the I, not the us. And we are becoming a society on the verge of dividing even further, because we focus own helping ourselves, with no aim to helping society at the same time.
This is not a manifesto of socialism, or of communism, the latter I will argue is a fantasy of man who could never think of a solution to a actual problem, only what he wanted the end result to be.
But we must stop thinking of only ourselves, or we will see more people doing worse to these scared, hallow grounds.
I have witnessed men from the South desecrating the Virginia monument at Gettysburg, which is also the monument for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
They felt no need to pay tribute to the men who fought to protect the culture that they so wrap themselves with. All with their rebel flag and paraphernalia dedicated to their beloved Confederacy.
I have seen children use national battlefields as if they are playgrounds. Pets use these same fields as their natural lavatory.
No one else will say what is happening, so I must say it for us all, we hate history, and we are dedicated to its removal.
We mock, prod, and insult other cultures for their own efforts at preserving the past, but these same cultures relish their past, boils and all.
We try to pave it, cut it, build over it, and forget it ever happened. We distort it and twist it for aims that are far apart from their original purpose, and we lose interest as a result.
Lindsay Stone will suffer for what she’s done, and it was a well deserved punishment. But we cannot blame her alone, we have made the society that allows one to find such foul humor to exist. We our to blame as much as she is.