Memorial Day 2012By Jena Williams

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

The freedoms that we enjoy were not free. Our freedom was bought and paid for by the brave men and women of our armed forces. Some gave up arms and legs, some struggle with emotional scars, many gave up time with their families and were not there to see important milestones, and some gave up their lives.

Those left behind had to pick up the pieces. Raising children alone, burying their child who died as a brave soldier or sailor, caring for a spouse who left whole and came home changed. So many have sacrificed so much to give us the freedoms we have today. Freedom to feel relatively safe in our communities and the freedom to speak out on causes that are important to us. No matter where you stand politically or religiously, whether you agree with our government or not, you have the protection to speak freely. Cherish it, appreciate those who fought and died to give it to you. Honor the flag and those who fought for it and died for you.

Thank you veterans and thank you to all who have suffered the loss of a brave man or woman in the fight for freedom.

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