Memorial Day in the shadow of terrorism

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By: Sherron Westerfield, Contributing Columnist

Memorial Day 2022 will be a day off for the majority of Americans, a day that marks the end of a lush spring and another school year, as well as the unofficial start of summer. Central Kentucky enjoyed idyllic weather as evidenced by the large number of boaters and golfers, picnics and other outdoor activities Activities. Municipal and private swimming pools – repaired, cleaned and breathless in flight with cold water – reopen and lie in wait for adventurers.

This weekend, Walmart shopping carts will be filled to the brim with funeral memorials made of ribbons and artificial flowers as families prepare for the traditional Memorial Day visits to cemeteries to honor their deceased loved ones. American homes and businesses will proudly display our nation’s colors. small flags will traditionally stand sentry over the graves of our veterans.

As we enter summer, the national mood with the ongoing war that Russia is against Ukraine is a mixture of grief, apprehension and hope. We cry for lives lost. We apprehend unknown dangers. And we keep hoping peace and security for all.

Thanks to the inevitable Internet, we hear or read every day about terrorism taking place in remote and foreign places. We are warned that we must not become complacent, but instead always remain vigilant in anticipation of further terrorist acts against our country. “They”, the terrorists, hide in the shadows and presumed safety of our neighborhoods. Swarthy men with foreign accents are considered with mistrust.

While waiting for “them” to move and reveal themselves, we are attacked by other terrorists. What makes them particularly frightening and dangerous is that they look and sound like you and me. We may live next door to a terrorist, or sit next to one of them in church, or talk with one of them while we go to the ordinary events in our daily lives.

The terrorists who live among us are the ones who boldly assassinate politicians candidates who do not agree with their way of doing things. They keep weapons big and small prepared to deal with an anticipated invasion of their homes by people of different color or ethnic group. They go after our sheriffs, deputies and police who dare to try to enforce the laws so haughtily ignored by such men.

The misogynist who raises his hand on his wife and daughters is also a terrorist. The pedophile who violates a position of trust and destroys a child’s innocence is a terrorist. The fanatic whose language is peppered with racial slurs is a terrorist. The parent who inflicts pain and suffering on their own child is a terrorist. anyone who deliberately commits violence against another person is a terrorist.

Recent events have accelerated our instincts to protect our families and ourselves. We have a heightened sense of awareness of the fragility of life itself. As we move towards the pleasures of summer, let us be aware of our own behavior towards others. Make it a moment to love with all your heart, to find the courage to forgive those who have hurt us, to live each day fully and gratefully.

We remain vigilant in our monitoring of the covert actions of suspicious people and pray that we will be spared injury and suffering from hate-motivated foreign terrorists. Let us also refuse to tolerate any form of terrorism at the local level. May we muster the courage to report any terrorist behavior to the proper authorities. As Americans we everyone – regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnicity – has the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This seems like a difficult concept for some people to understand. to input.

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