232 years ago today, our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from England. That was a new freedom for many. Since then, millions of Americans have sacrificed their lives defending that freedom.
We often think of these brave men and women at “the important holidays” – today, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc., but they deserved to be remembered EVERY day of the year, after all, they didn’t just sacrifice their lives 3 days a year.
Today I saw the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform their Salute to America concert at Greenfield Village, and I heard their tribute to the armed forces with their Armed Forces Medley. As I heard each theme song, and as the members of the branches of the armed forces stood up when it was their turn, a chill came about me as I looked around at all the men and women who were willing to give their all for the sake of the country. The applause for those men and women resounded through the field, and it truly felt great to be an American.
Today, I ask all of us to remember that freedom is not free, and we must continue to fight for the principles that those men signed for 232 years ago.
I’d like to thank all of the troops currently serving, whether in Iraq, Korea, Australia, or Somalia, the troops on reserve, ready to go if needed, the veterans who have already served, the families of all of these great Americans – it’s a hard life, and mostly, I’d like to thank those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. Unfortunately, your sacrifices have been needed to keep us all free, but we will NOT forget your sacrifices.
Let us never forget this day and the people who have defended the principles of this day.
God bless you all, and God bless America.
Now go eat some FOOD!