I’m don't stand behind a flag thinking doing so protects me or the even the meanings behind the words that mean something. I just try to live by what the words mean.
The founding fathers had a lot of faults, however, the one thing that they wrote down for perhaps the first time in the history of humankind was that all are created equal.
I know they wrote "all men are created equal," but the true nature of what they were trying to establish was that all of humankind is equal. I could go into a very long diatribe about why they couldn't get this simple wording right, but I won't here. The truth is they meant that this country will strive for the notion that all of humankind is equal. We're advanced enough today to understand that that is what they should've meant.
We are, right?
That said, I’ve gone on a tangent I know (and I deleted much of my rant), but I’m what I'm trying to get out here is a frustration for why we cannot figure some things out for everyone.
The folks running the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association are saddled with an incredible amount of responsibility to coordinate the district and state finals. I wanna make sure it’s clear that I understand the difficulties of that and what these good folks are dealing with.
Maybe I'm wrong but I don't remember games years ago scheduled for the morning of Memorial Day? If they were I perhaps was working for a staff where we had multiple people to both cover the sporting event and the Memorial Day festivities. But mostly I remember being able to get to both. It wasn't easy, but it was doable.
It literally pains me to have to make a decision to cover one thing over the other.
I truly believe in my heart of hearts that I should be covering Memorial Day observances. The folks who believe in honoring those who have left this planet and who served this idea we call America deserve our moment of recognition. Yes they are the same folks every year and yes I have covered them year after year. But these are folks I've grown to respect and admire for what they do.They sometimes only do these ceremonies alone without fanfare or even being acknowledged.
In comparison to many things, very few people attend the observances. Yes there will be people along the parade route, but a lot of participants toss out candy to incentivize participation. So are the lessons learned that of taking a moment to observe? Hard to say.
I also believe, and this is important, that these young people people playing these sports live in a country that affords them to live their best life. This was given to them, all of us really by those who sacrificed for or stood up for our ideal.
I believe that alone is a reason to insure their memories are given our full measure of devotion. Without living our best life why on earth would we stand up for a handful of words written nearly 250 years ago.
I am going to take a few moments out of my day to reflect and give thanks for the life that I live in this country that I believe has the right motivation and eventually will get more and more of these ideals right. I might be standing on the first base side of a softball game or cruising down I-79 to get to another game, but I will be thinking about my dad and those friends I have in Meadville and Franklin who will put aside their lives for a moment to help us remember to reflect on what freedom costs. Like worship, we don't need to be at a ritual to give thanks.
And I will go cover the girls softball game and then a boys baseball game because that truly is the life we are trying to uphold.
I hope the PIAA does something to fix this in the future. Parents and grandparents shouldn't have to choose between their feelings of duty to country and watching their future generation living their best life.