The series gave me a greater appreciation for my freedom as a citizen of the United States and caused me to wonder what direction our country would have taken if we had not fought against Japan to defend our country. What would our nation be like if we had not sought independence from Britain or fought the Civil War?
War is not a desirable means to an end, but it is sometimes necessary to preserve the freedoms we enjoy as a democratic republic. Freedom always comes with a price—the ultimate being the lives of men and women who honorably serve in our armed forces.
Throughout our nation’s history, men and women have been willing to die to preserve the freedom we enjoy today. Their courageous and heroic acts are noted in history books, documentary films, autobiographies and movies. May we never forget that freedom cost the lives of our own, and will continue to be costly because freedom is a coveted asset.
“The Pacific” featured war heroes such as Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on Guadalcanal when he commanded two sections of machine guns against 3,000 Japanese soldiers for over 48 hours before reinforcements arrived. He was also awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for heroic actions on Iwo Jima, where he died.
The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,448 brave military personnel who have died in the line of duty. This number represents less than one percent of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. According to Wikipedia, 1,315,351 fatalities have been recorded for all the wars and conflicts in which the United States has fought. Over our 234-year history as a nation, this represents an elite group of honorable citizens to whom I owe my appreciation. Every life given in the pursuit of defending our liberties deserves tribute from those who live to enjoy it.
Americans should never forget the sacrifices made by brave men and women who served honorably and died while serving in war.