Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

In this country we say,"God Bless America." We are blessed more than any other nation on earth. We talk about what we have; freedom of worship, freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. We also have a free enterprise system, and a free press. We obtained these freedoms through the unity and might of our military. But they are not free. All of our freedoms are bought with a price, and kept with a price.

Visit any VA hospital and go to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Visit Arlington Cemetery, and other cemeteries through out the country and overseas. Look for all the names that are not on that Wall. And you will find thousands of more names from many other wars and conflicts engraved on simple white tombstones, and or white crosses. They all paid the price, the ultimate price for not only their freedom, but ours as well.

Look into the eyes of the fathers and mothers who lost their sons and daughters. Look into the eyes of the men and women who lost their husbands and wives. They paid the price too. Look into the eyes of the children who lost their fathers, and mothers. They too paid the price for our freedom.

American is a people nation; of the people, by the people and for the people. And we are fortunate that we have men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives so that all of us can enjoy freedoms that other people in other countries can only dream about.

Politicians speak eloquent and somber words for those Americans who paid the price. But no words can capture the loss that a family has when they lose a loved one in the service of their country. To experience what those families and even our nation has lost, one needs to visit a National Cemetery. And walk between the rows of all the white tombstones, and read the names and the ages of the fallen Americans who paid the price for all of us. Stand still for a moment and just gaze at row up rows of white crosses.

And maybe then you will realize just how fortunate we all are to have had so many Americans who were willing to put their love of country, freedom, and fellow citizens first.

United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

God Bless America
We Remember Our Son, his mates, and all the other Americans who sacrificed everything, so we could have so much.

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