Remember Them. They Picked Up The Check!

Reblogger Myers Jackson
Services for Real Estate Pros with Auctioneer, Texas Flip N Move 17057

Brian, so well put and so true. I remember when others have picked up the check when they did not have to. And you have made is so much more real. The feast of freedoms we enjoy are not in vein..

Original content by Brian Morgenweck

Remember them. They picked up the check!


It’s the eve of Memorial Day 2011. It’s been a quiet, relaxing weekend for me, which gives me time to think about what this holiday weekend is about.


Fun at the beach for the launch of Summer?... Grilled steaks, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, ribs, and all the fixin’s? A couple days extra away from work?

All fine... All good...


We’re all aware, I’m sure, of the significance of Memorial Day. But, do we take time to contemplate and appreciate what it’s really all about?

Do we get it that we really are “The land of the free because of the brave”?


As I’m poking around the Internet, I clicked on the site for the Wounded Warrior Project and the header on the site’s home page slammed on my brakes and stopped me in my tracks...


Remember Them. They Picked Up The Check!



“The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” 

(Good spot to pause for a moment and consider that)


What of all those souls who selflessly laid down their LIVES over the last couple-plus centuries to establish, protect, and maintain the myriad of freedoms we all enjoy. Are we aware (more than once a year) of the GIFT they’ve given us? Do we take it (and their sacrifices) for granted? Or, do we cherish Them and Their gift?  


And if push ever came to shove, would we give the same gift?

Tough questions, absolutely... But, certainly worthy of much contemplation.


Without a doubt, one of the worst atrocities of war is the death of so many of the best of us...How many more have come home from distant places with unspeakable “souvenirs”? Being forgotten? That can’t happen.


As a little kid in the 60’s and early 70’s, I was glued to the black & white every day at 6:00 as Mom made dinner. Body counts and film clips were broadcast daily from Vietnam. Like I said, I was a kid. But, I knew what time it was enough to know that so many of the heroes who actually made it home didn’t deserve the “welcome” they received. God help us if we ever repeat that brand of “appreciation” again! Seemingly, we’ve gotten our collective, societal head back on straight since then.


Some quotes have always resonated with me...

“All gave some. Some gave all.” and “Freedom isn’t free.”


I simply want to remind myself and anyone who might happen upon this post that...


When we sit down at the feast of freedoms we all enjoy, be ever grateful for the best of us.


They set the beautiful table...

They prepared the sumptuous feast we partake of every day...

They’ve kept us safe while we’ve enjoyed the feast...

They cleaned up so that we didn’t have to...


and please


Remember Them. They Picked Up The Check!



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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

This is a really great reblog. Brian puts it so well!

May 30, 2011 02:33 AM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The Wounded Warriors Project is a worthwhile endeavor and needs support.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 30, 2011 04:04 AM #2
Brian Morgenweck
Power Realty Group, LLC Bergen County, NJ - Hackensack, NJ
Broker/Owner, GRI, CRS, ABR, SRS

Hi Myers,

Thanks for sharing this post...much appreciated.

I just got a "Thank You" email from a good friend who saw the post. (It would give you a big lump in your throat)

He's a Vietnam Vet who saw more than his share of action as a Ranger... and he thanked ME for writing this! It really makes you think of just how important it is to remember...but, even more so, to let our best who made it home know we remember & just how grateful we are for them...and thank those who didn't in our own way.

Best to you!


May 30, 2011 05:06 AM #3
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