I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. Please take a moment to reflect while you’re out there boating, fishing, grilling or barbecuing, or whatever it is you folks do. Memorial Day is more than the start of summer. It is a chance to pause and remember the sacrifices — remember the gallantry and bravery — remember the fallen. From the War of Independence to the War on Terror, from the open field to battles away from publicity’s light — remember this day all who have made the ultimate sacrifice, for freedom is never free.
Ordinary men and women just like you and me, leaving homes and families and all they know to risk their lives for an ideal of honor, or duty, or just to protect the soldier next to them. People of patriotism and goodwill may debate the merits of any given war, police action, or humanitarian mission; but there should be no debate about our debt to the hundreds of thousands of our citizens — our brethren — who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives heeding the nation’s call to service.
Please take a moment away from the cookouts, gatherings and other celebrations, put your hand over your heart, and whisper a prayer of thanks for the men and women who fought and gave their lives so that we can remain free today.
Red is for Bravery;
blood shed in sacrifice.
Freedom came with lives the price.
White is for Liberty;
Life be free from God’s decree.
Blue is for Justice;
as vast as the sky.
Over freedom’s land to occupy.
Poem: © 2002, Roger W. Hancock (www.PoetPatriot.com)