What Memorial Day Means to Me - Barry Broudy

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Posted: 5/25/2016 12:57:48 PM

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”

-  Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America

To many, it’s “Do you want a hotdog with that burger?” Day; just another holiday from work. But for others, Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, is a solemn day to call to mind the men and women who have given their lives in the service of the United States of America and decorate their resting places with flowers and remembrances.

Memorial Day is a day to remember their extreme valor, their courage, their unified commitment to keep America safe from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Memorial Day honors the strength and character required to willingly make the Ultimate Sacrifice on behalf of families, loved ones, friends and fellow citizens. It is a day to hold dear the life candles that burnt too quickly.

On this Memorial Day, before that first cold beer and first bite of barbeque, please pause a moment to offer solemn thanks to more than 657,000 American soldiers who have given their lives for you. Because freedom has never been free.