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Sunday, May 26, 2013

On Freedom and Memorial Day and Remembrance

Jean Sexton muses:

For Americans, Memorial Day weekend is upon us. For many, it is a three-day weekend, time for hanging out with family and friends, for grilling out, and for maybe going on a short vacation. But before throwing that steak on the grill, take a moment and think about why you are free to do so.

If it were not for the people who fought in the American Revolutionary War, this nation might not exist in the same form it does today. Certainly that is true of the Civil War. Without our participation in World Wars I and II, Europe would certainly look different and who knows where the changes would have stopped. Each day, brave men and women are ready to defend freedom, some dying so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms we have.

While we celebrate with our families and friends, let's take a moment to remember those who are no longer able to celebrate with the ones they love. Remember those who gave their lives for their country. They deserve to be remembered. It is the very least we can do.

Enjoy your holiday. Play games with your friends and family. Cook out. Watch the races. But while you do so, spare a thought for the patriots who have died and for those who now stand in harm's way. And at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow on Memorial Day, pause for the National Moment of Remembrance and recognize their sacrifice.