Thoughts On Freedom On Memorial Day Weekend

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Is Freedom Free?

 

Is freedom free? How do we achieve freedom as a people and as a nation? At the end of the day, we are uniquely free in the United States of America because there have been so many throughout our history who were willing to sacrifice their all to protect our freedom. Below, I've posted my favorite Memorial Day Tribute video, which never fails to move me. It is all the more powerful because it is silent except for the music. The message is simple, but powerful: Honor, Sacrifice, Freedom Is Not Free, and We Should Never Forget.

 

In the spirit of remembering why we observe Memorial Day and why we can enjoy this long weekend holiday in the first place, please take a minute to watch this video to remember and honor those who gave their lives for our great country, as well as to remember that freedom is not free and has been paid for with the blood of the heroes who were willing to sacrifice their lives for us.

 

  

 

 

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

               George S. Patton

                                                                                                   

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

 

Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

 

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

 

                     Joseph Campbell

 

 

Let us observe this Memorial Day Weekend in memory of many... in honor of all. Thank you to all who have sacrificed for our freedom.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley ~ thanks, Roy. I share this video every year... it is very moving and really brings home the message of Memorial Day.

May 27, 2018 12:40 PM #15
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Abby Stiller ~ hi Abby... I've often felt we should be remembering our heroes a bit more often than on one day of the year.

May 27, 2018 12:40 PM #16
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Nina indeed Freedom is not Free it is paid for by the lives and blood of those brave men and women who gave it all so we could enjoy our freedom, Endre

May 27, 2018 12:50 PM #17
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Endre Barath, Jr. ~ hi Endre... they teach so little history these days in school that I fear too many of the younger generation will have no clue what our freedom cost.

May 27, 2018 12:52 PM #18
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Freedom is certainly far from being free, haha.  I am indeed thankful for those that fight for our freedom.

May 27, 2018 01:40 PM #19
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Brian England ~ hi Brian... and not just for those who fight, but also for those who laid down their lives for us to be free!

May 27, 2018 01:57 PM #20
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So many people don't understand those simple words. Freedom isn't free or cheap or easy Nina Hollander 

May 27, 2018 03:59 PM #21
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Hello Nina Hollander - I've been busy and laid up with an injured foot this past week ... and wanted to simply stop by and say Hello to you, Nina.  
Indeed, Freedom is not free. May you enjoy the balance of this Memorial weekend.

May 27, 2018 03:59 PM #22
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Nina- beautiful post and video. It is so important that we keep alive what those who came before us gave their lives for. What a sacrifice they made and continue to make. I am so very grateful that both sets of my grandparents came to this country. 

May 27, 2018 04:58 PM #23
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Nina freedom comes with a price, and we need to remember and honor those who paid that price with their lives.

May 27, 2018 05:13 PM #24
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Living in a military community gives us constant reminders of the sacrifices and loss of lives. Families are broken and forever changed.

May 27, 2018 06:19 PM #25
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Nina, excellent post, and you are right, our freedom is not free.  Thank you to our military men and women who serve for us.

May 27, 2018 06:44 PM #26
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Joan Cox ~ thanks, Joan. Maybe because my family were refugees from communist territories, I never forget that sensitivity to what freedom really costs and what it takes to obtain.

May 28, 2018 03:42 AM #27
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Debbie Reynolds ~ good morning, Debbie... no doubt when you see it up close and personal the sacrifices our military and their families make become ever more significant.

May 28, 2018 03:43 AM #28
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George Souto ~ hi George... freedom does come with a price tag and it's unfortunate that so many don't really understand how big that price tag is.

May 28, 2018 03:45 AM #29
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Kathy Streib ~ thanks, Kathy. In my case, my thankfulness goes to my parents who sacrificed so much to come to this country and give their children a better life.

May 28, 2018 03:46 AM #30
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Kathleen Daniels ~ hi Kathleen... hello to you... I've been meaning all this past week to drop you a note to see how your recovery was going. The week before a 3-day holiday always gets insane for me as people suddenly remember everything they need to do or ask before they leave for a long weekend. In any case, hope your recovery is going well... really a bummer to have to deal with something like this.

May 28, 2018 03:48 AM #31
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, ~ hi Paul... I've always felt that the reason so many don't understand the price of freedom stems from the fact that we have an all-volunteer military and many Americans just no longer know anyone who serves. When there was a draft most of us knew someone who had served.

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I agree with this sentiment Nina Hollander. Honestly, I hated being drafted but I went and served because that is what you did when you got your letter. 

That George Patton quote has always been one of my favorites. 

May 29, 2018 09:29 AM #33
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, ~ hi Paul... and my hat's off to you for doing your patriotic duty. I so clearly remember the advent of the draft lottery and all the talk of people with low numbers going to Canada.

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