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While many use Memorial Day weekend to hit the beach, throw parties, and enjoy the warming weather, Glenn Beck is here to remind us all that Memorial Day means something a lot different for families all over the country.
“I hope that you’ve never experienced the story I’m about to tell you,” Glenn says, “but I also know there are thousands that have.”
He asks that his audience imagine the story from a first-person point of view.
“Your son has been in the United States Marine Corps for what seems like forever now. Only you and those that have their children deployed into a war zone know just why it seems like forever,” Glenn continues.
“What you don’t know yet is the most precious thing you hold dear — your son — just fell in combat 60 seconds ago. Military protocol is exact, and as you’re busy carrying out your day, this is what’s happening behind the scenes.”
First, Glenn explains, there will be a death notification that has to be executed within eight hours.
Officers will then deliver the notification to the next of kin. Three individuals will typically be chosen to arrive at your home. One will be an officer at least one rank higher than the deceased, one will be a chaplain, and one will be someone capable of delivering medical help should the next of kin pass out.
“This is Memorial Day weekend,” Glenn says.
“Two years after 9/11, 312 parents experienced what I just described in 2003 alone. In 2007, 847 military men and women died in combat. In 2008; 352. In 2009; 346. And the list and the numbers go on and on. And our Gold Star families have suffered every single tragedy.”
Glenn admits that he’s not trying to be a downer, but it’s important to remember what Memorial Day stands for.
“There is a sacredness to Memorial Day that most of us just cannot understand,” Glenn continues, “Memorial Day is for reverence and honoring those who sacrificed everything to ensure the American way of life endures forever.”
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