The United States is a nation founded by both the ink put to paper by our Founding Fathers, and the blood spilled by the patriots who died defending it. We set aside today to honor those who have fallen for our nation. Sadly, many Americans consider today as nothing more than the third part of a “long weekend.”
Memorial Day is a holiday meant to recognize those who have fallen in the line of duty. It was created three years after the Civil War to honor Union soldiers who fought to keep this nation whole. Since then it has served as a day to honor all of our nation’s fallen warriors.
For many American families, Memorial Day is more than just a long weekend with sales and barbeques. To many parents, children, and spouses, it is a time of remembrance. It is a time to reflect on the ultimate price a loved one has given in the name of liberty.
American soldiers have perished in Korea and Vietnam fighting to keep the spread of communism. In more recent times, soldiers have fallen in the line of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across various African countries to prevent any terrorist event like 9/11 from ever happening again.
Men and women who watched the tragic events that September day as children, would go on to take the fight to the enemy, with some never to return.
The circumstances surrounding war may constantly be changing, but ultimately the reason why Americans commit themselves to defend America regardless of the price is a dedication to protecting their families, loved ones, and our very way of life.
Whether they be colonial militiamen who perished while fighting for our nation’s independence, to service members giving their lives in the fight against terror, we as Americans have a duty of our own; to remember them and their sacrifice.
Freedom never comes free. Americans across this country should remember that.
As Ronald Reagan said, “if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.”
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