Monday, May 28, 2007

Don't forget...

As you enjoy your cookouts and water skiing and Super Memorial Day Blow-out! sale shopping, please take a moment to pause and reflect on those brave men and women who have given their lives over the years to make it possible for you to have this holiday that we all take for granted. Before you pop open that beer or pur yourself another margarita, maybe make a toast to those who can't have a cold one along with you today.

Whether you are for or against any war, remember that if it were not for the courage of soldiers over the past decades and centuries, you wouldn't have the privilege to express your thoughts and beliefs.
I believe that we would all do well to keep in mind this saying by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC:
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

Thank you to the families who have lost loved ones in the struggle to keep our nation free. And God bless you all who continue that fight today. You all have my utmost, undying respect and love.

Find out more about the history behind Memorial Day.

Happy Memorial Day to all!

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