Monday, May 30, 2011


While some consider this the (unofficial) start to Summer, let us not forget the true purpose of setting aside this day: to remember those who valiantly served and defended their country, whether they are still amongst us or not.

Personally, I like to think of Memorial Day as not just a time to honor those who did or currently serve in the various military forces, but as a time to remember those who serve(d) their fellow man in other areas; especially within the emergency services: police, fire fighting, medical, etc.

A lot more will be said about specific members of those groups as we approach this fall and the tenth anniversary of the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001.

Yet my point is that there are so many people that we have to thank and remember who helped make this country what it is today, but a lot of them get left by the wayside because we are either too busy with the more fun stuff to do on a holiday weekend or don't want to be reminded of the more violent times in our history.

Or perhaps some do not care to be reminded of their loss. That is a sentiment I can relate to.

Basically, what it comes down to is proving once again that the old adage is true.
If you love and enjoy your freedoms, thank the veterans who helped protect them for you.

The above was a public service message of The Free Choice E-zine.

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