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Memorial Day – Recognizing the Price of Freedom

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on May 23, 2008

Memorial Day weekend is many things.  For my kids, it’s the first week of Summer break.  For many communities, it’s when the swimming pool opens.  For many it’s about baseball or the Indianapolis 500 or just a long weekend for the lake, picnics and pure leisure.

But for many, Memorial Day is a time to reflect.  While Memorial Day is a time to honor the sacrifice of those who died in the service of our country, it’s really even bigger than that.  It’s WHY those heroes died.  It’s WHY young men and women STILL volunteer to join the military even (maybe especially) during a time of war and conflict.

Despite its many flaws, America remains the greatest nation in the World today.  People endure untold hardship to get to America.  There are a scarce few who fight as hard to leave America as there are who fight to get here.  We take for granted the freedom and opportunity that so many outside our borders recognize and envy.

America is great because we are free.  We are free because people fought to ensure that they and their families could help create a nation BASED solely on the freedoms and rights bestowed on every individual by their Creator.  We have remained free for well over 200 years because legions of young Americans have taken up the cause and gone where others would not go, done what others would not do and been willing to sacrifice what others would not sacrifice so that those who would not sacrifice would not be forced to sacrifice.

In short, America remains free because there are people willing to serve in the military.  The American soldier is NOT a killing machine.  He (she) is a giving machine, willing to lay down his or her life to protect the freedoms we all so easily take for granted.

On this weekend, I ask that you honor the sacrifice of those who gave it all.  I also ask that you honor those who have offered up a part of their life to protect you, your family and your way of life.  Regardless of what you think about the President, the Congress or the war, reflect on your freedom and their sacrifice.  If you see someone in uniform, recognize their service and let them know how much you appreciate them.  Buy their meal or in some way show your gratitude.

Remember, someone has paid and is paying the price for your freedom.  Never forget that.

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