Today is Memorial Day. Even though this day is marked by BBQ's, parades, and the opening of the pool, it's intended meaning is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.
It is a time to reflect on the memory of those that went before us and gave their life in defense of this great country of ours. Even though this day was originally intended to honor members of our military that have given the ultimate sacrifice, I think we would all be remiss if we did not include our first responders. It is so important that we all take a break from our start-of-summer rituals to honor those that allowed us to enjoy the freedom that they both fought and died for.
So what can you do ? Fly the flag, teach your children what today is all about. Thank your local servicemen, firefighters, policemen, and first responders. Go to a cemetery and put a flag on the grave of veterans. It is our responsibility as Americans to honor their sacrfices by us making sure that they did not die in vain.
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