Bernie and countless others died so that you and others might be free, even those in foreign lands who can now enjoy their own freedoms, only a dream just a few short years ago. Was it worth it? I guess it depends on what’s done with those freedoms. What are you doing with yours? Are you doing your part? Do you cherish them? Do you guard them like precious jewels?
If you see me at a ceremony, don’t mind me if I get misty eyed. Don’t mind my children when they ask a little too loudly, “Mommy, why does Daddy always get tears in his eyes during the National Anthem?” Help me to teach them that we live in the greatest country the world has ever known only because others have made it so. Help me to teach them that patriotism isn’t a political act, but it is Duty, Honor, Country. Support me in teaching them that the Flag of the United States is a symbol to be cherished, loved, and defended. Help me impart to them that Freedom Isn’t Free.
Let us train our children to stand vigilant, guarding day and night those hard fought freedoms from those who would take them away in the name of safety, security, or convenience where the real reason is greed, envy, or political power. We are the greatest nation in the world because we are free. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a birthright given to us by those who paid the ultimate price, like Bernie. Honor their sacrifice and guard those freedoms diligently so that their suffering is not in vain.
Here’s to all the Bernies this Memorial Day. May they rest in peace, and may the rest of us honor their memory this day.