As an American, it is sometimes easy to take freedom for granted. Perhaps, like me, you can’t recall a time when you had no choice and lacked the freedom to make your own decisions.
Yesterday’s nation-wide celebration of Memorial Day was an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. While it is true that Memorial Day marks the start of summer for many (and permission to wear white pants and white shoes through Labor Day), the day is intended to honor and remember our fallen soldiers.
Every day, men and women in the US Armed Forces risk their lives to protect the United States of America and our constitution which provides for the unalienable rights of: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It seems hard to believe that many places in the world still lack these basic freedoms.
I am extremely grateful for:
The commitment and courage of the men and women who serve in the United States Military;
A country that sets aside a day each year to remember and honor those who have given their lives to protect us;
The many freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
While many of you reading this post live outside of the United States, I hope you will take the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those who serve to protect you and the freedoms you enjoy.