“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
-James A. Garfield
Today is a day of remembrance of all of those that have fallen in the line of duty protecting the freedom that we hold dear in this country. While most of us have a long weekend in order to celebrate the freedom that so many have sacrificed their lives for, we must remember one thing. These men and women have sacrificed their lives in order for us to be able to enjoy a freedom that is unparalleled in the world.
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
The first sacrifices were not for a country but were for a principle. A principle of freedom from tyranny and a principle of liberty. When these men took to the field at Lexington Green in order to stop the British Troops from taking away the very weapons that would be used in this fight for freedom many lost their lives. This was before the Declaration of Independence and before we were a nation. These men went to that field on a principle of FREEDOM. Today is in remembrance of these common men with a common principle they felt was worth their lives to defend.
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”
In the decades that have followed, we have always had men and women that have stepped up in defense of these principles. While we say that they are defending our country the truth is they are defending so much more. Countries can rise and fall, and leaders are replaced but principles remain, and those principles have guided this nation to be an example to other nations of what Liberty and Freedom mean.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”
-George S. Patton
When we remember those that have sacrificed their blood, and last breath defending these principles we need to remember what that sacrifice was for. The United States Constitution is a definition of these principles and it is our guide to ensure that these sacrifices are not in vain. I challenge everyone reading this to honor those that have paid the ultimate price. The way to honor these valiant heroes is to remember what they sacrificed for or to uphold the principles defined in the foundation documents of this country.
“May we never forget freedom isn’t free.”
When we seek to act contrary to the documents, we dishonor those that have sacrificed their lives. We dishonor the foundation principles these men and women were protecting. We owe them a debt that will never be repaid a debt that we can honor through our actions in protecting and defending the very foundational principles they fought for. It is time for us as citizens of a nation built upon the principles of Liberty and Freedom to ensure that these principles remain the guiding light of this Nation.
“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”
If you truly want to honor those that laid down their lives so that we remain free, then take time and learn the principles they fought for. Take time and learn the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Honor their legacy by ensuring that the foundation of this Nation is strong and that we are upholding the principles defined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. To do less would dishonor those that have sacrificed for these principles.
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
-Gen. Douglas MacArthur