I cannot pass up a chance to thank every veteran and every active service member for stepping forward and saying, "Yes, I will serve my country at the cost of my personal life. I will do my utmost to protect the freedoms my forefathers have fought to create for my family, my neighbors, my fellow countrymen and me. I will do things I never dreamed I was capable of doing and I will be all I can be for a country that is all it can be." Okay, that isn't the oath any military person ever took, but it is what they all have done or are doing today.
I can blog from my wandering mind because each and every one of these people did something in their own time 'aboard' to protect my freedoms. I often thank service people when I get a chance or buy him/her a beer, if they are having one. I like to start conversations with them also. I have learned a great deal about the young women and men who are currently serving. I have talked with so many of them, albeit briefly, that I have concluded the quality of our armed services is not in jeopardy. Without fail, they love their country beyond description and they believe in what they are doing, regardless of what it might be. They stand tall and straight and look you in the eye when addressing you. I believe they are truly among the best and the brightest.
I salute each of you today and in fact, everyday of my free life. I owe you, each of you and you may call on me to pay up at any time and I will gladly do whatever I can for you. You have my respect for what you have given and for what you now are...
On this Memorial Day, God rest the souls of all who gave all. God bless the souls of those who served, came home, lived their lives out and are now home with their Saviour.
I am one proud American who knows, FREEDOM ISN'T FREE.