“Ain't no sense in going home
Jody's got your girl and gone)
I tell you, Jody's got
Your girl and gone
(Ain't no sense in going home)”
I know what you must be thinking. I thought I was reading a Memorial Day blog. What’s this? I’m glad you asked.
What you just read is typical of language used as part of a marching cadence that is very common to soldiers in basic training. It’s meant to be hollered and with aggression. It’s all part of a bigger picture to convert new recruits from ‘civilian’ to ‘property of the US military.’ It’s a sort of brain re-programming. You are being taught it’s futile to look back. Looking forward, this is where you belong.
Obviously, a large part of the total conversion of the men and woman joining the ranks of the military is mental. Most of the ‘newbies’ can meet the physical requirements. But, it’s the mental conversion that will eventually set them apart.
Which brings us to Memorial Day. It is my belief that there are many reasons young men and women join the ranks of the military. Some want adventure, some a good job, some are buying time before going to college, and some honestly have a desire to serve this great country we call the United States of America. What I don’t believe is that a single person enters the military wanting to die. Unfortunately, too many do. It’s a harsh reality.
Today is Memorial Day. It’s the day we honor those lives lost in the service of this country. It’s a time to remember and reflect. If you are reading this, most likely you remember a family member, friend, or neighbor who gave their life while serving. While deserving to always be remembered, never forgotten, Memorial Day is without excuse. It’s time to give. Giving is always more rewarding than getting.
This Memorial Day purpose to take a moment to comfort someone who’s lost a loved one. Make a phone call. Write a note. Fly your flag. Donate to a Veteran’s organization. Place flowers on a grave. The person you comfort will be thankful you remembered. And it’s entirely possible you’ll be rewarded in ways you didn’t expect. Giving is like that.
- Bill Zoller