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May 23, 2014

Memorial Day, do at least one thing

Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have died serving our country. This special day is not the only time we should remember them but the holiday underscores the importance of having a time to revere and respect people who are sacred to our country. They are our heroes who are buried across America. They left home to go to hostile places and laid down their lives for us.

Take a moment and visit the grave of someone who died representing us. When you go take just a few moments and give thanks for that person who will be one of many, many thousands who have made what we have in America possible.

We take America for granted. We enjoy so much freedom, opportunity and protection. We are so far from perfect but nothing in the world is perfect.

Today, America is still making dreams come true for men and women who want to sacrifice, work a little harder than the next guy and try again after failing more than once. We’ve all been knocked down a few times in life. Every time you get knocked down remember a soldier went down and never got a chance to get back up. The death of any one soldier might have been the very life sacrificed that gave you the second chance to try one more time.

Another way we can celebrate Memorial Day is to celebrate our serving soldiers and living Veterans. I have two sons currently deployed serving in the Navy and the Army. I’m really proud of them. We should give thanks for all serving in our military, honor and pray for them. We should also stand by our Veterans. One of the ways we can honor our Veterans is to eliminate the majority of Veteran’s hospitals. We should all of them a National Medical card that would allow them to have access to medical care by any doctor or hospital in America.

There are a lot of things Americans do on Memorial Day weekend. We travel, grill out, go to the mall or gather with family. All of these are good. However, do at least one thing this Memorial Day weekend and that is remember, and give thanks for the soldiers who have made the travel, grilling out and family outings possible.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author.

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