Sunday, May 27, 2012

"It's the Soldier"

Many consider the start of their summer to be Memorial Weekend, yet they completely skip the true meaning of Memorial Day itself.
We have seen the continuous commercialization of every American holiday. Halloween D├ęcor shooting up on stock room shelves as early as August. The eve of Halloween each and every store is transformed into a winter wonderland. And as soon as we celebrate Easter, people are already pitching “Memorial Day Sales."

But when the last Monday of May rolls around few stop and celebrate the day to honor those who died in the line of battle.


Americans are fortunate enough to express our freedoms everyday, yet rarely take time to think of how they received those freedoms.
One quote by Father Dennis Edward O’Brien expresses this clearly.

It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
Freedom of the Press.
It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
Freedom of Speech.
It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.
It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
Right to a Fair Trial.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.
This Memorial Day, I urge you to take a moment and think about those who have given their lives so you can live in the greatest nation that has ever been.  I wish you and yours a blessed Memorial Day.

Dalton is a Conservative Teen from Kansas follow him on Twitter @dglasscock