Thanking the Fallen
By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers
Today is not a day which will live in infamy, but millions of Americans will take time to recognize those who have fallen in the name of American freedom.
Memorial Day means much more than getting a sale on sheets at JCPenney or other stores. That's just what we see on our televisions between our favorite shows.
You know something, Penney's or any other store has the right to sell its products. That's part of our society. It is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. They are free to do so. While I don't need sheets, I do need what these fallen soldiers have given to me.
I love driving my little Jetta around Stanford, Palo Alto, up to San Francisco to my brother's, and down to his fiance's parents house in San Jose. Barbecue's, weekends away, and one night to Oakland for a Portland Trail Blazers game.
There's nothing in this world I need and love more than freedom.
Today, Memorial Day, signifies the very reason I have that freedom. The men and women we honor on this day are the reason we have this freedom. For nearly 240 years, soldiers have emerged from schools, farms and even diplomatic ranks to ensure that the dirt we pick up on our shoes belongs, indeed, to us.
My mother and father met while both were in the United States Army. They now serve in other capacities (Army reserves and National Guard) and my oldest brother is a corporal in the army.
Memorial Day means something to me. It means a great deal. While many have met those who have given their lives in combat, I know only one personally. He was killed a little over three years ago in Afghanistan. Unlike the past two years, distance prevents me from setting flowers on his grave.
Fortunately -- or UNfortunately if you ask me -- I will still be able to honor him when I join my brother in San Francisco at a ceremony to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I believe he will hear me.
I don't generally say "I love" this or that, but I will tell you this: I love every person who has given their life to ensure my safety, my independence and my freedom. \
I know that some very brave men and women presented me with my liberty and freedom with their lives. Thanks to their sacrifice, I have the freedom to love, live, and to even root for my favorite basketball team.
There's only one last request i ask of whomever is paying attention: Whether it's within a ceremony, or a lunch at work, or a picnic at home, please take just a moment to thank the fallen who paid for your freedom with their lives.
This is always something I keep in my mind when i'm living my life -- full of freedom.
All it takes is to look up and say: Thank You.
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