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Memorial Day weekend.

The beginning, the start of summer.

Cookouts. Pool parties. Sales. Travel.
A break. A holiday. An off day.

Another holiday that has become devalued and commercialized.

We, the people, who benefit from the sacrifices of our Armed Services and the other men and women who serve in the various arenas of our government.

We are forever indebted to them.

We are a safer people because of their sacrifice.

We have a freedom that most of the world does not have the privilege to enjoy.

And, how do we show gratitude?

How respectful are you when saying the Pledge??

As a teacher, I would think that I say Pledge of Allegiance more than most. And, unfortunately, I’m usually bogged down and finishing “something” during our morning devotion. I attempt to pause, to respect, and honor the sacrifice of my friends and family daily. But, there are days when I don’t.

What a day to pause. To remember. To realign ourselves with what we should be teaching. How we could be honoring.

Our troops. The ones who are serving, fighting, and sacrificing their lives, limbs, families, and time for US! The ungrateful, the unaware, the Americans who are so far away from the realities of war and death.

Celebrate today. With your friends and family. Enjoy the weather. Maybe even take part in sale.

But, I challenge you, I challenge myself, to take a moment (or plenty) to honor a solider. Current and past. Who has dedicated his life and time away from his family to keep you and your family safe.

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We have a tendency to forget.

Forget what has been sacrificially done for us and those who have sacrificed while enjoying the benefits of the sacrifice.

We say we never forget but our actions tell a different story.

Don’t forget the sacrifices our soldiers or our Lord who sacrificed so much for US.
The ones who are fully aware of the enormity of the sacrifices they make daily for their fellow man. For the men and women who are completely unaware. We will never completely understand or be aware of their sacrifice but we can definitely respect and acknowledge it.

…. here’s to my father who served. my brother in law who has recently come back and will too soon return to fight. And, to the many others I know who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice living their lives, spending time with their families, watching their children grow, who are missing out on the day to day so that you can enjoy all of that with yours.

Thank you.

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