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Civilians Aren't Meant to be Honored on Memorial Day

Updated on May 27, 2017

I can't even verbalize how selfishly inconsiderate this is, IMO. This is not the first time I've read something about the lack of a nationalized day of remembrance to "honor" civilians who died during war.

Though civilian deaths are no less tragic, the majority of those deaths are not honorable and are no different than civilians dying in any other type of tragic event.

In the event of a single act of "heroism," civilians are "honored" by being nominees or recipients of various badges and medals-- specifically, the Medal of Honor. Anybody who has an issue with civilians not receiving recognition should address the fact that the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation allows the nominations of people who perform selfless acts. These are acts that humanity as a whole should do anyway. I'd at least attempt to save someone from a burning car. I wouldn't want or accept a freaking award for it. You're supposed to help others, as selflessness is certainly the opposite of selfishness.

Maybe Medals of Honor should be for the civilians who actually did do something brave during a time of war, such as civilian employees of the military or a man who risks his life to run to the aid of a solider who has been critically injured during a time of chaos.

Bravery: "the quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening : the quality or state of being brave."

Self-Sacrifice: "the act of giving up something that you want to have or keep in order to help someone else."

Soliders signed up for self-sacrifice. They put themselves into a situation for the greater good of the country. Civilians had no choice but to be there. There is no comparison.


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