Memorial Day is about people—brave people—who willingly chose to serve our country, even when it meant staring death in the face. It’s easy to strip soldiers of their humanity and lump them together as cold, inanimate objects. It’s easy to forget that soldiers have names, families, fears, and dreams just like you and me.
We all bleed. But it is a hero who is willing to bleed for another.
What makes America great is not its government, its economy, nor its cultural values. All of those things are important, but they are vehicles by which we become great rather than the source of greatness. What makes American great is the people who understand that freedom, peace, and prosperity always comes at a high cost.
It’s easy to get lost in our plans, routines, and obligations, and forget that nothing gets accomplished without brave, courageous, and committed people who are willing to fight for the advancement of ideals that will ensure the work continues and the dream of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is kept alive for at least one more generation.
How do you change the world? One person at a time.
I’m grateful for all who served, are serving, and will serve. I see you as people, not political bait or social collateral. You deserve much more than a day.
Memorial Day reminds us that you only create change and advance the mission when you are willing to stand, face the opposition, and persevere without concern for cost or consequence.
Thank you. And God bless the United States of America.
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