Lets All Remember Those Who Gave Their All!!
The Arizona Memorial
My husband and I were very blessed to be able to go to Honolulu a few years ago, and while we were there we when to Pearl Harbor. I was raised to know what Memorial Day stands for, but after visiting the Arizona Memorial I have a whole new perspective about this day, this day that was intended for us to remember and honor those that gave their ALL for us. So we can live in a country were we have freedoms that we don't even think about, that we often abuse and don't appreciate, and almost always take for granted.
I think back to those who fought for our freedom from; England, France, Spain, and then the freedom for all Americans during the Civil War, for all the lives that were lost during two World Wars, two wars that were never declared war, but were called conflicts Korea and Vietnam, the first war with Iraq, and now another war with Iraq, and Afghanistan. I wouldn't begin to know how many have died through all these wars, and how many more will. But I do know one thing that they died for one reason they believed that freedom isn't free. It costs more than gas, than food, or anything else you can put a dollar sign on.
Our freedom should be cherished; everyday even when we want to point fingers and complain, (and I'm not saying that we don't have things to complain about) but we should stop and decide what is really important. My mom used to say "If it won't matter a year from now, it is probably not that important." With the economy slow, gas prices ridiculously high, our dollar weak, a president, I won't go there, and candidates that are, well I won't go there either. We still have the best country in the world, a country worth fighting for. We should all be praying for our country and our leaders, even if we don't like their policies.
When I think of America, I think of Americans; not Italian Americans, or African Americans or Irish American... just Americans. Unless you are an American born Indian your ancestry came from somewhere else. The thing that has always made us a strong country was our unity! I fear we are losing that, I fear we are becoming the rich and the poor, the domestic and the foreign, those that think they should be able to do whatever they want to with no accountability, and those with no compassion.
I hope this Memorial Day we all stop and thank a veteran, pray for the families that have lost a veteran, and pray for our wonderful country. Pray that we become united and strong in purpose, that we know how blessed we really are and we appreciate our freedoms. I hope everyone will take a moment from your day and remember those that gave their ALL!!!!!
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