Monday, May 25, 2015

Some Gave All

I don't think it's possible to put into words everything that comes to mind when I think about Memorial Day, but I think grateful is a good place to start.  In America, we are so fortunate.  We are blessed with guaranteed freedom, undeniable liberty, and a quality of life that cannot be surpassed, all which come at a cost.  Some understand this concept better than others.  Today we remember the gracious men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to support and defend our great nation and everything we stand for.  It is not just today, but every day that we should honor these heroes and thank God that such men and women lived.  

These men and women gave up their lives for something larger than themselves: for the United States of America, for their brothers and sisters to the left and to the right of them, for their families at home, and for you and I.  We owe it to these heroes to not only honor them, but to honor what they stood for.  It's time to set aside the politics of it all and honor our fallen heroes with gratitude and respect.  Regardless of your views on foreign policy, your opinion of war, or your level of satisfaction with our government today, choosing not to support the men and women of our armed forces or to not honor their motives is unacceptable.  

In an age when freedom of speech and freedom of expression are so liberally interpreted and frequently taken advantage of, it's time to stand up and do what would make our fallen heroes proud.  Fly the flag righteously and with respect, be fiercely and courageously patriotic, and never be afraid to stand up for what is right.  Freedom isn't free, and we owe it to those who understand this concept the best to do everything we can to preserve and promote what they have fought to guarantee us.  

It is with the deepest gratitude that I say thank you to our fallen heroes.  It's hard to articulate how truly thankful I am to live in the greatest nation on Earth and for those who have fought to defend it.  I encourage you all to join me in participating in the #GoSilent campaign, during which we will observe a moment of silence at 12:01 pm dedicated in memory of a fallen service member.

Some gave all, so we can all give some.

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