A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses

I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A day for Memories, Memorial Day 2011

Many soldiers have laid down their lives so that we may be free.  They didn't fight for Republicans, or Democrats, or even the Tea Party.  They fought for us to have choices.

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.

As I watch the Lybia protestors stand up each day, knowing they will be shot at, and possibly killed, but willing to risk their lives for what they believe in, it makes me that much more amazed at our soldiers.  They rarely get the same press coverage, and when was the last time you can recall the public making a scene over how dedicated these men and women are to risk their lives.  Rather, we say the words, but are really taking it for granted.

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!

Whether it's taking the family to a ball game, spending some time at the beach, or the annual cook out, there's no better way to appreciate all that our soldiers have given us.

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. 


3 comments:

  1. Great post! Very well said. I did enjoy the "Aunt Sarah" reference, we've all got at least one in our family tree. Good job!

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  2. Thanks. It's hard to walk the anti-political line when making a comment about all the recent political changes.

    I have been so lucky to have all of my military family still be alive and with me today. My 2 cousins are serving (You go David and Tommy!)and here's hoping that they continue to be safe in their service. My father was a veteran, but most of his duties in Veitnam was painting planes. While their service is just as important, I was also raised to respect those that gave their all for me, and my freedoms.

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  3. Thanks. It's hard to walk the anti-political line when making a comment about all the recent political changes.

    I have been so lucky to have all of my military family still be alive and with me today. My 2 cousins are serving (You go David and Tommy!)and here's hoping that they continue to be safe in their service. My father was a veteran, but most of his duties in Veitnam was painting planes. While their service is just as important, I was also raised to respect those that gave their all for me, and my freedoms.

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