We're in the middle of a very politically tumultuous time. Sitting on our sofas and posting on facebook or twitter, it's so easy to feel angst and hate for those who think differently then we do. But that's not what this country is about, and that's not what our soldiers fought to protect.
Those soldiers didn't care if the guy standing next to them had a different idea about how to lower the deficit, or how to improve the job market. No, they stood for the right to choose what you like, and to voice your opinion on it just as loud as you want to. They believe so much in that right, that many gave their lives for it.
And today is the ONE day each year, that we -The proud, sometimes arrogant, and always right Americans - pay tribute to those soldiers. It's because of them that we can be all that we are, and all that we complain that we are. Stop and watch the political news, and then compare all of that open debate to what is currently shown in countries like Afghanistan or Lybia. And just imagine living in a world where you can't say what you think. Where you have to "agree" with the leader's ideas or risk having your family members killed. It will make you appreciate just how free you really are. And exactly why our soldiers work so hard - and even lay down their lives - so that we can stay this way.
People are willing to die for a taste of what we have, and our soldiers are the ones who made that possible, and work every day to keep it possible. So how can we, the average American citizen, show respect and appreciation for what so many have died to give us? By loving the life we have!
But while you enjoy your long weekend, just pause and give thought to those who paid the ultimate price for you. You may not have even known them, but that is not what matters. Because of those soldiers, our lives are just that much better. We are free to bask in the sun, drink too much beer, and make sure Aunt Sarah never talks to us again because of our views on the president.
Freedom is such a little thing, and yet oh so big. It's so easy to overlook when we practice it, and to forget when we should share it, until it is threatened. And if it ever is threatened, we know with out a shadow of a doubt, that our brave soldiers will be there to protect it, and to protect us. A few words of thanks is such a small thing to give to them, but really, there's nothing that can compare to what they give to us.
So, to all those who have given their lives, all those who may, and all those who stand up for what they believe in, I thank you.