“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream.” -Ronald Reagan
This Memorial Day weekend, we honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America and our way of life.
It wasn’t until war hit me – my friends, my classmates, my Soldiers, my comrades – that I really FELT what Memorial Day was about.
I have mourned the loss of classmates, friends, and Soldiers to war. I have hugged and held a crying Gold Star Mother. I have been brought to tears and stood in awe of families who pour their love and grief of a lost Soldier – a lost son, brother, sister, daughter – into causes and initiatives to keep the spirit of their Soldier alive. I think about those lost in war often throughout the year. A memory here, a birthday there. A book, a song, a prayer at Church. But it’s on this weekend, every year, that I FEEL and REFLECT on the lives of my fallen classmates, friends and Soldiers.
As Patton said, “Thank God such men (and women) lived.”
Every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsmen that was lost in service to our Nation, whether they said it or not, thought to themselves at some point in time, “If not me, who?” They raised their right hand and swore an oath to support and defend. To potentially pay the ultimate sacrifice and give their life for what we believe.
So I challenge you this weekend to reflect and remember, and in that reflecting and that remembering, I encourage you to recommit. Recommit to being a great husband or wife, a great father or mother, a great friend and neighbor. Recommit to a cause. We are not all called to serve in uniform, but I do believe we are all called to serve. Recommit to saying, “If not me, who?”Have a great weekend of family, fun and freedom. Let us remember our Gold Star families and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. May we live our lives worthy of their sacrifice.
Lest we forget,
BJ Kraemer, President