Reblog – Memorial Day in US – Freedom is Never Free

Robert Pearl, 2015-05-22

Originally published May 2014:

Well, as all folks in the United States know, this weekend we celebrate Memorial Day,

Monday May 25, 2015.  While many of us who will enjoy this extended

long weekend with our family and friends, barbecues, picnics, amusement

parks, shopping and the beach, we should take a moment to remember why

we here celebrate the day. 

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May.

Maybe

I’m just feeling a bit patriotic, but it should have greater meaning

for all of us (around the world). I wrote this little poem to remind us

to take a moment to remember why we ultimately enjoy our freedom and are

able to celebrate in the manner that we do.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend

to all my friends, followers, colleagues and clients in the USA.  May

peace be upon us!  Thanks for reading:

When you fire up the grill, as you surely will
Or sit on the beach out in the sun,
Remember the day, that our freedom was won.

Remember the soldiers present and past,
Who answered the call of duty so fast
To protect our nation, and secure our shores
To ensure by our doorstep that there were no wars

Every corner of the globe far and near
Our troops went bravely and showed no fear
They fought valiantly in war and preserved the peace
And must always remain vigilent and never cease

We lead the world then, and lead the world now,
And never cowered, from any shot across our bow
A show of strength, no sign of weakness
Should not define our show of meekness

When war was raging in distant places
They rised to the challenge, and times of chaos
They sacrificed themselves in body and soul
That our children at home would never know

The horrors of war and dictators hell bent
On destroying the world that the Good Lord lent
No matter the sacrfice, no price too high
To keep us safe, and value our pride

Our brave men and women who choose to serve our nation’s cause
Deserve our respect, and should compel us to pause
On this Memorial Day, we owe it to them to see
And realize while we enjoy, that freedom is never free

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