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Memorial Day

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. We have, in the past, set flowers or a flag next to a loved one who served our country at our neighboring cemetery. I was always amazed at how many people we saw doing just that same thing, honoring our men and women who fought for our great nation. We always said a few prayers, laid our flag or flowers down and felt a sense of gratitude for not only these men and women, but what they fought for. They fought for us to be free. They fought for every American who enjoys our freedoms.

When we leave the cemetery I always feel like I should hang my head....after all, we are passing grave stone after grave stone: all men and women who are no longer here. But on Memorial Day, I don't hang my head, I stand a bit more straight. Does that make sense?

I feel a sense of pride in our country, a sense of privilege to live in this great nation, because it's made up of those individuals, who lived and died for it. It says a lot about the character of our nation, that we have men and women, who will fight for an ideal. They fought because they believed in the fact that freedom is worth preserving, and risking their very lives for. That's heroic. And I am proud to be an American. I'm proud to recognize the men and women who have served our nation, are serving our nation, and will serve our nation in the future.

Soldiers past and present, I SALUTE YOU!

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