By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s Memorial Day, a day we originally set aside to honor the men and women killed in military service to our country.

After World War I, Memorial Day was officially expanded to honor all our war casualties, civilians included, like the 2,974 innocent people murdered by the late Osama bin Laden’s bloodthirsty followers.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

At times, the 9 ½ years since the September 11 mass murders have felt like a struggle to keep Americans from forgetting what happened and what is still happening.

Last year at this time, we had the attempted car bombing of Times Square as a grim reminder of the reality of the war we’re involved in.

At his trial, the complete idiot who planted that bomb told the court: “Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun.”

He wasn’t kidding. We’re on higher alert than ever about the activities of homegrown terrorists.

And just last week, we lost seven of our soldiers in Afghanistan to a bomb placed in a field in an area that coalition troops had cleared of terrorists just a couple of months before.

Those type of roadside bombs killed 268 of our finest over there last year, up more than 50-percent from the year before.

Injuries due to these makeshift bombs have doubled in the last two years.

Nonetheless, we probably face a renewed risk of people thinking the war against terror is mostly over now that Osama bin Laden has met his well-deserved fate.

What a terrible mistake.

Back when he was a candidate, President Obama used to imply that the war on terror was over-hyped, but I notice that spin is long abandoned since he’s on the inside with full knowledge of what’s happening.

Yes, we need the brave men and women who protect us more than ever.

And we shouldn’t need a special day to be reminded to say to them, both the living and the dead, thank you.

And God bless you.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (8)
  1. Proud American Veteran says:

    And we shouldn’t need a special day to be reminded to say to them, both the living and the dead, thank you.

    I disagree with this statement. Although we should also give thanks and rememberance everyday to the men and women who sacrificed for our freedoms, we should have this special day that is JUST FOR THEM. Please consider that we have a day for two presidents. We have a day for a civil rights leader. We even have a day (off from work) to celebrate workers. This day as with Veterans Day is especially for them. We march in parades and fire gun volleys. We make special visits to graveyards and memorials. In other words Mr. Keller we make an extra special fuss to assure that too many americans who take our way of life for granted don’t forget that it was not granted it was earned by these men and women who cannot share it with us.

  2. blackbear1 says:

    Proud American Veteran, well stated!! Enjoy your very special day. You deserve it and I appreciate your service. Myself and my constituents do not, and will not ever take our wonderful way of life here for granted.

    1. dismayed says:

      blackbear1, you mentioned, “constituents.” Why would you not want to use your real name then? Just asking!

      1. blackbear1 says:

        What?? Just asking what?? It is Memorial Day !! Don’t we use e-mail names?? Is your real name dismayed??

  3. Willow says:

    I agree that many thanks are owed to our military both present and past. Thank you for keeping us safe and for the sacrifices of both soldiers and their families. I might add that it would indeed be great if Veteran’s Day would become a Federal paid holiday. Why not grant a special day dedicated only to our soldiers?

  4. stanleyramon says:

    My interpretation of Mr. Keller’s statement is that we shouldn’t have to be reminded to thank our veterans and victims of war just on the holiday, we should do it every day. Also, I believe that Memorial Day is more specifically for our war dead, whereas Veterans Day is for all those who have served our country and continue to serve not only in times of war but in public safety as well, such as firefighters, law enforcement, nurses, etc. Lastly, Patriot Day, or 9/11 Day, is the day to honor those lost in that tragedy; which is different from Patriots’ Day which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the Revolution.

    1. tsal says:

      StanleyRamon – that was also my interpretation. But I agree with Jon that we should keep our troops in our thoughts every day and no matter what the day or holiday we should be very grateful that we live in this great country.

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