This is Memorial Day weekend, a time when we pause to remember the brave fallen who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. When I got up this morning and left my house, I did not have to worry about snipers and roadside bombs. When I went to bed last night, I did not have to worry about enemies breaking down my doors and murdering me in my sleep. If I decide to go somewhere this weekend, I can, and I don’t have to report my comings and goings to anyone if I don’t want to. I am free to read what I want, worship how and where I want and go about my life. Day by day and moment by moment while I go about my business, someone is far from home facing dangers on every hand to make sure my life goes on. So what is my place in all this? I suppose I could say it is up to me to be a good home-front soldier, to be responsible to do my best at my job and to do what I can to help others around me whom I can. I’ll remember the soldiers who are paying the price for all of us. I know if those men and women had a preference, they’d probably much rather spend this weekend on the lake or at a baseball game or have the opportunity to take a hot shower for as long as they want; but these pleasures are reserved for those of us here at home because those men and women are out there putting their lives on the line. Never a day goes by now, without hearing about another fallen hero. As we go about our business this weekend and enjoy our families and cookouts, let’s stop to remember and be thankful.
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