Many of us in this country have forgotten what being “free” really means in our day to day lives. We go about each day expecting our “rights” to be there for whatever it is we want to do or say, to go here or there without question. Do we stop to think that not all people in this world can do the same things as we can? Be as “free” as we are?
I come from a family filled with military service, representing all the branches we have: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including Civil Service. They have been in most all of the wars our country has been involved in, putting their lives on the line in the name of “Freedom.”
My father was one of those. He started his service to his country as a youth in a local scout troop. He was one of the “air raid wardens” in his small Colorado town where they had one of the few uranium mines in our country. They had organized the boys to make sure that all homes had their lights off and their windows covered, etc., when the sirens went off. He and the others scouts were too young to enlist in the military at the time of World War II, but had a great pride in their country, were very patriotic.
My father tells of one such day when he and a fellow scout were near the train station. They spotted two men in suits quietly taking pictures as they whispered to each other. My father and his friend carefully made their way closer to them, only to find they were speaking in a foreign tongue…German. The boys quickly made their way to the police and reported what they’d seen and heard. Later, they found out that these two men in suits were arrested and found to be known German spies.
My father enlisted in the US Army when he was of age, making his way up to Lt. Colonel before he retired. We honor him and all of those who fought and now fight and guard our country. And all those who support those troops throughout the world in many aspects.
Remember on this Memorial Day, and every day, to pray for and thank those who provide this great service to us all that we may continue to enjoy this Freedom of ours day to day.
Show your patriotism and never be embarrassed or ashamed to do so. Never!