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Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day what does it mean to you, to me it means making a decision to put your private life on hold while you willingly enlist to be part of the military to defend this nation and not being forced into that decision.

There is another part of Memorial Day that the living celebrate in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. We also honors those that are currently serving in our nations military world wide.

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

The above oath takes the following takes courage, determination, faith, will and perseverance to keep.  We are not a perfect nation, we are still trying to find our way in this world at one time we had leaders who believed in constitution and the founding of this nation.  We currently have a leader who has no respect for the nation, the constitution or the military but only sees them as a hindrance to his goals.

Out of 320 million U.S. Citizens there are just over 1.4 million citizens enlisted into all 4 branches of the military less than 5% of American citizens are currently active military personnel. I have searched long and hard to find the exact number of Americans that have died while serving active duty and die after retiring from the military, the closest number that I can come to is roughly 58 million soldiers have died since the founding of America as a nation,  while active duty and or have passed away after retiring from the military.

There are many things are said to makeup what a soldier is, me personally I feel it’s the following but it can be any combinations but this is what I see:

integrity, pride, personal convictions, honor, will, sense of duty, faith these are just some that are what goes into the making of a soldier.

Today is the day to honor those who have made the greatest sacrifice while active duty and those who passed away after serving this nation with honor.  Memorial Day is about freedom and what we do with it after being given the gift of freedom by those who willingly gave their lives to protect this nation.  We should remember our past and all the soldiers who have served and are currently serving by deciding what we do now for the future of America.

 

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