Freedom isn’t free. A price, too dear to tell, is paid every single day by the men and women who fight to keep our country safe. To keep me, you, our families, and all of our great Nation safe. A great man once said it was “-foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died, rather we should thank God that these men lived.” (George S. Patton)
To me, Memorial Day now holds more meaning, because of research, reasoning, and digging deeper into our- my- history. I understand better now the trials and heartaches of our nation. 9/11 was a tragedy that cannot be explained in words. More blood was spilt in the Battle of Normandy than we can possibly fathom. Pearl Harbor was nothing but a slaughter of innocents who were surprised yet willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause many would soon die for.
This is my history. But its not just mine. Its our history. This is our past! And if we don’t understand and appreciate it, it will drift away into nothing but faded stories.
I am a storyteller. It’s my job. But our history is a not just a story that should be told. These were lives lived fully that we look back on and say “this really happened, these people really have given their lives for us, and this is how we won our freedom through an unimaginably horrible cost, though to them, the price of freedom was all worth it.”
I’m proud to be an American. I am proud of the people who fight for me and my freedom everyday. I am proud of these people and their sacrifices. I am proud of their courage and their valor. And those in the past who have given their lives for mine, today, we honor you.
Freedom isn’t free. But because of our history, our strong military, and our great Nation who has never given up on us, we are blessed with freedom. These are our heroes. These are the men and women we will never forget. This is our great anthem.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something that is bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell