Freedom Requires Sacrifice

A Time to Reflect; A Time to Say Thank You

Happy Memorial Day! As a result of the current three day weekend arrangement and activities associated with it, we can become easily distracted from the day’s original meaning and the traditions aligned with it. One such tradition, conceived by poet Morina Michael, was to wear red poppies on Memorial Day “in honor of those who died while serving the nation during war”.

We cherish too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That the blood of hero’s never dies.

– Morina Michael

Memorial Day is that one day (but there should be more) when we stop and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s service – to protect and preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

Today, not only should we honor those who died, but, in my opinion equal attention should be paid to the men and women who serve currently in our military. As many of you know, our family like many others has a personal stake in this. Our youngest son Andrew, who is currently on deployment, is a naval aviator (he flies an F – 18 Super Hornet) and his wife, Gina, is a dedicated military spouse. Both in their own unique way serve our country and we are very proud of them and their commitment not only to each other, but to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

We should be thankful for all of the other men and women in our military – and their spouses and families – all around the globe for what they do and the sacrifices they make for us, to protect our freedom and way of life.

So, even though the Memorial Day holiday is today, take a moment every now and then and appreciate what freedoms you have and enjoy. Then, say a pray for the many brave men and women and their spouses and families who make it all possible. Think about it – and then do something about it to pay it forward.


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