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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day: True Meaning

By Douglas V. Gibbs -

As the sun takes its final bow towards the horizon, and Memorial Day Weekend comes to an end, I wonder how many truly gave their thoughts and prayers to the military members who have fallen in the time of war for the freedom that the United States of America stands for.  Did the politicians stop campaigning for one day?  Did the workers set aside their tasks to drop to a knee and remove their hat in prayer?  Did the family come together to discuss the history of this great country, and the blood shed for her liberty?  Did Americans say a simple thank you to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen who sacrificed all they had for the welfare of those they never met?

The weekend was not about hot dogs and hamburgers, trips to the beach or an amusement park.  I suppose those things are okay to do, but the reason for the activity on a three-day weekend is not simply an extra day off.  The freedom to engage in those activities have been paid for, and just one day a year we are supposed to pause for a moment and say thank you to those who have fallen.

A simple prayer and a thank you.  That is all they ask.  Freedom, after all, is not free, and lives have been paid to ensure America continues along its path of liberty, and exceptionalism.

The following video, and images, say more than I could possibly muster on my own.










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