Mo Okita is a family man, fisherman, and a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. He loves to take pictures of what he eats (or doesn’t eat) as he has lost 30 pounds in the last few months. Although he is a “lifer” in the military, he’d rather be the captain of a fishing boat than a naval ship.
Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday in May. Following the Civil War it commemorated those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the country. It wasn’t until 1978, after many cultures, demographics, and neighborhoods started to celebrate their own version of Memorial Day that it finally was observed as a National Holiday.
Each and every one of us have some military history in our family. Just as the history of Memorial Day came about, we all feel the need to commemorate military members that have passed. We all have a story of struggle, of opposition, of fighting for what is right, of sacrifice.
On this day, take the time to remember in your life and family history those that have served their country for a greater good. That characteristic is indescribable and yet each country has a small group of citizens who will be a part of something larger than their own self. From the Road to Burma, to Manchuria, to Hiroshima, to 38th Parallel, to Taiwan, to Vietnam, Remember. There are stories of immigrants enlisting in the US forces against their old country fighting against their own family. All for this country that you live in today. Of all the things you complain about, cars you cut off, deals you find on the internet, which one thing would you give up to spend the rest of your life in another country under their rules? Not a vacation for 1 week, but forever.
This is a day to remember how inter-related we all are, how cause and effect joins us all as the human race. We forget this through our ego and desire to be unique. To show people how green and small our carbon footprint is by driving our hybrid cars to the coffee shop and purchasing a ceramic coffee cup manufactured and capitalizing on “green” consumers. Everyone in the world hates you except your 2 friends and that’s only because you drive an AUDI. We go around unappreciative of what we have; showing our arrogance. I too love the American culture and what it produces, and get angry at how spoiled some of us are. Stop being such an arrogant American. Instead of talking today, just take a moment and reflect.