First, I would like to take this opportunity on Memorial Day to thank our troops who are currently serving overseas, whether that be in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Australia, Germany, South Korea, or wherever, and those who are serving here at home.
Second, I would like to thank those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to protect the freedom of this and other countries. You’re sacrifices will never be forgotten by me, and I hope that they will never be forgotten by ANY American.
Third, I would like to reach out to the families of those serving in the armed forces, and those who have lost loved ones. I have friends overseas. I know what it is like to see friends leave, and although I have never lost a friend (thank God), it is still hard to see friends go overseas. God bless you all as you go through one of the hardest times of your lives.
I feel that many people don’t appreciate, or at least take for granted, the sacrifices that so many have given to protect this country. For instance, while at work today, we had a 1 minute moment of silence throughout the entire complex at 3:00 P.M. For the most part, it was completely silent. 30 seconds into it, the manager of my department starts talking on the radio. The same manager who had come around telling everybody to make sure that we observed the moment of silence was now blabbering on about something irrelevant in the middle of the moment of silence. After the minute was over, I overheard some of the manager’s assistants who were at my location talking about how shocked they were that that happened.
And this is the attitude that has spread to a large part of America. Sure, we celebrate Memorial Day with hot dogs and hamburgers and a day off work (well, not for me). But how many of these people have a flag flying in their yard or a yard sign supporting the troops? Not enough.
Be thankful that we’ve gone this long without a major war. Be thankful that we’ve gone this long without a war that has threatened us here on our very soil. Be thankful that we have men and women willing to fight for our safety.
I’d like to leave you with a video of Tim McGraw’s song “Already Home”:
God Bless America, and more importantly, God bless our troops, living and fallen, and their families, who are serving America today, and who have served America the past 232 years.