On this day, let us remember the fallen.
Let us recognize the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in military service to the United States. These are the Americans who deserve our respect and admiration. They gave their lives in support and defense of this country’s ideals.
They fought in conflicts and wars of others’ making; they endured unbearable physical, psychological, and emotional conditions; they left the comfort of family and America’s homeland knowing they may never return; and, they represented a very small percentage of society that evidenced the bravery, commitment, and honor to serve. They did what so many of us could not or would not do – they laid their lives on the line for the greater good of country. They often did this with little fanfare and insufficient recognition from their fellow citizens. They were not always applauded as heroes or patriots; indeed, they were sometimes disrespected and disregarded.
If you do one thing this Memorial Day – in-between the backyard long weekend celebrations and family fun – take a moment to look around you at your family, friends, home, and the freedoms and liberties you enjoy in your daily life and say a silent prayer and thank you to all of those who have lost their lives to ensure the America you know and love lives on. This country’s ideals have been carried on the backs of patriots willing to defend them with their lives. Today, and every single other day, we owe these brave men and women a somber recognition that their sacrifice is recognized and honored.
May God bless America, particularly those who serve her with military service, and most specifically those who have perished in that service.
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