This Memorial Day Weekend I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for the great Nation that we live in. I am thankful for our liberties and freedoms. Most of all I am thankful for all of those who have gone before me and sacrificed so much so all us can enjoy those freedoms.
I am thankful for the men who stood at Concord and Lexington. To those who endured the hardships of the opening battles and stayed the course to see the final victory.
To those who again answered the call, and in 1812 ensured that in our infancy we were not destroyed.
To those on both sides, Blue and Grey, who would fight for what they believed in and in the end see the Union survive and prosper.
To those who answered the call of, "over there", and threw back back the German Army and secured peace for that time.
To those who would again answer the call a generation later, to strike for liberty for all people, to storm the beaches and parachute into the darkness, to turn the tide at places like Midway and the Bulge, and to see a tyrants attempts at genocide destroyed.
To those who would fight another generation later from the Pusan Perimeter to the Frozen Chosin, to ensure that the light of freedom would not be extinguished anywhere.
To my Father's generation, who would give so much, to be ignored here in their own country and ridiculed by those they protected, but still would serve and fight and die for us.
To the men who stormed Grenada, parachuted into Panama, and the many Regiments who held the line in the sand, and secured the freedom of Kuwait.
And finally for this generation. For the many men who I have served with, some to never come home. That took up this new challenge and fought against a new tyranny and oppression called terrorism. Even though many again have ridiculed, or hidden their ridicule in veiled statements, these men have answered the call proudly and courageously, and still fight on even now while I am typing this.
I am proud and thankful for much. I have never been more proud though then to be called a US Soldier, and to stand with my brethren on the new high ground.
Happy Memorial Day to all of you.
God Bless America
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