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Let Us Not Forget

Our US Armed Forces

As the California sun begins to set over the expanse of the Pacific in spectacular shades of orange and pink, bringing an end to this Memorial Day. The last of the barbeque embers dying down to an amber glow in the approaching darkness, and our fill of burgers, hotdogs, and brew have moved us into the vertical position on the couch, let us not forget the true meaning of this day.  Let’s take a moment and give thanks to those that have sacrificed so much for our freedom, those men and women in our Armed Forces, past and present, who lost everything so that you and I could live free.  Those men and women that will never get the chance to see their children grow up, or get married and have a family or watch their parents grow old.  Those men and women deserve our thanks.  As do the men and women still in harm’s way.

This day has been labeled Memorial Day, but we should look beyond that label, and celebrate each day, even if it is just a thought, just a prayer, we must be thankful.  Blood has been spilled to pay the price of our freedom, of which we too often take for granted as we go about our daily lives without the slightest thought of how wonderful we have it in this world.  If you have any doubt, just turn on the news and you can see the hundreds dying in the Middle East just to have something remotely close to what we have here in the United States. We are truly blessed, truly lucky.

So from now on, if you see a service member, don’t be afraid to walk up to him or her and say thank you for serving our country, for taking this risk that so many of us have not.  Don’t be afraid to shake their hand and give them a smile.  If you know a parent, brother or sister of someone in the Armed Forces, extend your thanks to them as well, let them know you support them and their family.

To all the men and women in the Armed Forces, thank you for my freedom, for risking your lives and for sacrificing all that you do so my family and I live free.  And for all those who have died for our freedom, thank you, you made the ultimate sacrifice.

Remember, there are still men and women fighting for our freedom in foreign countries. If you have the means, join an organization that sends care packages, our soldiers need to know we still care for them.

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May 31, 2011 - Posted by | Life | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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