Wishing Everyone A Peaceful Memorial Day

This weekend, I and my fellow citizens celebrate Memorial Day.

For some, it is all about a leisurely weekend filled with family time, backyard barbecues, and recreation.

For others it is all about knowing they have a shorter work week to look forward to.

Let’s not forget the true meaning.

Yes, Memorial Day is all about fun, family and relaxation.  The big summer kick off.

And we are allowed to go about our holiday, and every day, however we choose.

In love and peace.

Think about your freedom and opportunity.

This world is very much a contradiction. It is miraculous and beautiful and amazing. It is also a brutal and imperfect place because there are those who have chosen to make it that way. Sadly, war and conflict have always been a part of our history, and it seems it will always be the way of things.

We aren’t perfect.

But there are opportunities that can only happen in a free society like ours. And for preserving that freedom and opportunity I thank those who serve and have served, and those who have given their lives in conflict throughout this world.

As an American I thank you for everything I have.

I pray for the safety of those in harm’s way, and may their families have peace until they are safely home.

To the families of the fallen, I wish you peace as well, words cannot express the gratitude I feel for your sacrifice.

Wishing everyone a thoughtful, peaceful and safe Memorial Day.


It is the Soldier, not the minister who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the  press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of  speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to  protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair  trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician who has given us the right to  vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the  flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to  burn the flag.

~Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

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