The unofficial start of summer... a long weekend... family barbecues... an excuse to shop some great sales... Memorial Day means different things to different people. But the true significance of this day is to honor and remember those who have given all to protect our country and our freedoms. Regardless of one's political bent, it does our country a great disservice when we forget the blood of our patriots.
Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free".
I am especially aware of Memorial Day this year. My own son will soon be shoulder-to-shoulder with other brave men who have made a commitment to oppose evil and oppression and defend all that is good and free. His courage and ardor both warm my heart and amaze me. I see a grown man before me... not the little boy who once played with army men in the sandbox. These soldiers deserve our support each and every day and our prayers each and every night. There is only one brief moment between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day.
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