Monday, May 29, 2006


It's Memorial Day. A day of remembrance, and thankfulness. A day to pay tribute to all who have given their last full measure of devotion in the service of their country. It is not a day, and should not be a day to run to Sears to buy the 6 piece patio set that they have on sale for $299.

It has always astounded me, that so many United States citizens care so little about the past, and sacrafices of those who came before us, so that we may live in and enjoy this truly great country of ours and all that it has to offer.

Without them, we could not be here - figuratively speaking of course. How might our lives be different if the founding fathers paid their taxes to King George III like all good colonists are supposed to? What if George Washington had decided to stay in the comfort of his Mount Vernon estate instead of leading an army of rag-tag American soldiers to victory over what was then the greatest army in the world? Where would we be without the sacrifices of 620,000 dead of the Civil War, without Abraham Lincoln? And the soldiers who stormed the beaches of France on D-Day? Where would we be without FDR, Eisenhower, Marshal & Patton? Or the soldiers who bravely fought in Korea, Vietnam & the Persian Gulf?

As I write this, the latest casualty figures from our latest conflict in Iran are 2,464 American soldeirs dead and 17,648 wounded. I don't care one iota about your viewpoint of the political reasons that sent this country and it's men and women to war. But please... take a moment, stop what you are doing, and remember. Remember those who have made it possible to live in this great country of ours.

Freedom is seldom, if ever free.

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