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Memorial Day is Not Just for Great Sales!

by on May.23, 2009, under Patriot

In today’s world, it is sometimes easy to forget that Memorial Day is more than just the start of summer and a great time to get some good buys on fun things! We all get so involved with our own little world that we forget what price was paid for us to have the freedom to be so self-engrossed.

We could wander, perhaps whistling, past graveyards all over the globe this Memorial Day—in Europe: France, Italy, England, Belgium; in the Pacific: Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines; in the Middle East: Iraq, Afghanistan; and in the U.S.: Concord, Valley Forge, Arlington, and so many more. We might pause to ponder the enormity of the sacrifice attached to each one of those ever-so-neatly arranged little white crosses. Row upon row ––– an endless stream of very still, very young Americans.

This is the beginning of a post entitled “The Harlot of the Harbor” on Liberty’s Army . Simple, eloquent, and sure to make you feel. What a fantastic reminder of what Memorial Day is all about, and also a reminder of what our responsibilities are as custodians of the freedom given us. As it is said, freedom is never free.

To me it is encouraging that there appears to be a resurgence of patriotism in the United States. The “common” person is taking an active interest in the affairs of our country. And, they are definitely paying homage to those who have fought, molded and preserved our liberties for us. Anywhere on the internet and television you find a grassroots movement to go back to the basic principals of our founding fathers.

Perhaps one of the reasons that patriotism is rebounding has to do with the Baby Boomer generation coming into power. With the shear numbers we possess, it is only natural that we have become the leaders. If it is important for us to honor all those who served and sacrificed for our freedom, we do it. In a small way, it might heal some wounds left in the hearts of those members of our generation who returned from fighting an unpopular war with hardly a hero’s welcome.

There’s a video on You Tube where Steve is singing the song “Because of the Brave” which hit the nail on the head about honoring those who have paid the price for our freedom.

Take the time to check out both of these posts and remember and pay tribute to those individuals so worthy of our appreciation and honor.

Then, you can go get some of those great buys out there!

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