Giving proper thanks to our nation’s veterans

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day is thought of as the day we all cook out and have the whole day to just have fun. Celebrating our great nation is something Americans take pride in, and we go all out. But for those that think it is only about grilling out and celebrating our nation, they miss the true importance of this day. The holiday is meant to thank all those that have kept Americans safe and free. The willingness of the veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
We give thanks to the soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our everyday lives are not tainted with terrible injustices. We don’t just honor those soldiers, but also we celebrate their lives. Instead of mourning, thank the Lord that he put individuals like them on this Earth to protect our freedoms.
Also, during Memorial Day, think of those that could not make it home to be with their families, drink beer, and play pick-up football. Celebrate them in their absence. Pray for the blessings they have bestowed on every single one of us, and enjoy a beverage for them. They gave their all for our nation. Those soldiers are living through us every day, showing that we can all make an impact on the future.
“One hundred and thirty-seven years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed—it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy,” said former U.S. Representative Doc Hastings.
Cherish the ones you love, and spend quality time with them during this holiday. People come and go. Everyone that has been in your life has been there for a reason, whether it’s to teach you, love you, or experience life with you. No matter the cause, love your neighbor, and stay close to family, because at the end of the day, if people have their health, family and friends, what more can a person ask?
In the words of John F. Kennedy, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

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