Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day, my other favorite holiday.















Today's blog is In memory of those that paid the ultimate price.

And for all those brave young men and women who risk their lives today, so that we can continue to live in freedom.

Freedom has never been free.

Someone somewhere paid with their life.

Today is Memorial Day, this weekend and all its events mean many different things to many of us.

Yet no matter where life finds me..

I have always gone to the nearest military base, cemetery or Memorial Day celebration and paid my solemn respects.

Having served with a great deal of pride and honor in the United States Army, the most important part about this holiday to me, has always been commemorating my fellow military men and women.

I am still humbled by the bravery that these young men and women display.

Each one of them who have had the most impact on the survival and freedom of others throughout the world on behalf of our USA.

Today I pray for and celebrate those who are currently serving and continue the legacy of personal sacrifice.

No matter what you may feel about the military, today we are all one with our fellow “brothers” and “sisters.”

One with all who have served or are currently serving in the US military.

Today I begin my day filled with gratitude and loving praise for our men and women - we call our “soldiers”.

Thank you for swearing to uphold the idea that freedom is for all.

Thank you for freeing the oppressed.

Thank you for the courage to never leave anyone behind.

And for going back that “one more time” when it would be easier to “cut your losses”.

Thank you for having the sense of pride and courage to volunteer in our US Military.

It was never easy and even more perilous today.

Thank you for taking up arms, regardless of the time away from all your loved ones.

For risking the potential for the loss of limbs, and even the ultimate sacrifice.. the loss of your very life.

Today I sincerely want to say, thanks for doing what many of us could or would not do.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

To all my who may be reading this; the next time you see someone in uniform, please take a moment to share a kind word of “thanks”.

You may never know the impact that your simple “thank you” may have on that soldier.

But know that by honoring that special  man or woman in the military, you are also honoring the ideals of what makes our country special.

Charles Michael Province, a US Army veteran wrote a piece that I keep on my shelf at home.

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Today, I pray for all those that at this very moment may be in harms way, to one day make it back to their loved ones safely.

Make it a great dia!