Enjoy your celebrations and honor those that have fallen for it is only because of the brave that we are the land of the free.
It’s the official kickoff to summer. The roads are filled with travelers going to visit friends and family or simply get away during the long weekend. Neighborhood pools opens their gates, and adults wonder if their child’s nervous system works properly to be swimming in such frigid water. Little League practices and games fill the summer days. Grills are lit, beers are opened, and picnics commence. Festivals will bring communities together, parades will march and pay tribute to our fallen, and ceremonies will be held to honor loved lost ones. The red, white, and blue colors will proudly adorn almost every small-town and big city street across America.
Perhaps it is being so far from home that makes me feel more patriotic and melancholy than years prior. Perhaps that nostalgic viewpoint simply comes with age, with having childhood friends go off to serve their country, losing family and friends during their time of service, and knowing family and friends who move all over the world while they support our military and foreign endeavors. For whatever the reasons, I feel an overwhelming sense of patriotism.
Free is not free, there is a cost to “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” While our America is not perfect, it is our America. Our founding fathers knew there would be a heavy price for freedom, and today we still fight and strive for freedoms and equality to progress as well as preserve our country. It is because of these brave souls that our country has come this far in 238 years. As with the evolvement of all things, there are moments of disappointment and frustration. It is these very moments that empower people to act, to make our democracy and world a better place, one change at a time.
To the brave we have lost so that we can enjoy our freedoms and our American, we honor you, your family, and your friends for the sacrifices with our eternal gratitude.