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This Memorial Day, take time to remember

Memorial Day III AP

(Reprinted with permission for a fifth straight year from, well, me.)

You have to admit that, despite the financial woes and political in-fighting and every other really crappy thing going on, we have a pretty damn good life, living in these United States of America.  It’s a far-from-perfect country, but, dammit, it’s ours.  Ours because our own have and will continue to shed their blood in the ultimate sacrifice.  Gave and will continue to give their lives, their hopes, their dreams so that we — and our children and our children’s children and their children — may live and realize ours and theirs.

As you go about your day today, doing whatever it is that you do on Memorial Day, take a second or two or sixty — or more — to reflect on what exactly this day is all about.

Please.  Just take a moment.  Take a moment to God bless those who have given so much.

God bless those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy day-in and day-out.

God bless those hundreds of thousands who’ve lost fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in the ultimate sacrifice paid forward to every single one of us, for our freedoms.

And thank you — thank you, thank you, thank you with every fiber of my being — to those who continue serving this country and keeping this great nation safe.

And, again, God bless families torn apart and made lesser by the heartbreaking losses, hellish and unthinkable holes in the soul that allow us to do whatever the hell it is we want to on this day and every other day of the year…

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4 Responses to “This Memorial Day, take time to remember”
  1. ningenito78 says: May 26, 2014 10:10 AM

    I was in bed sick last night and was watching the news. They showed Met Life Stadium and how like 10,000 people showed up to watch some doofus spin records by himself on a stage. Then they showed a memorial service for the fallen soldiers an there were maybe 20 people there and none under the age of 50. Come on people. Memorial Day isn’t about BBQs and beach time. For one day grow up and pay respects to the men and women that gave you the BBQs and beach time. The true heroes of this nation.

  2. 700levelvet says: May 26, 2014 10:19 AM

    Very well said Mr. Taylor. Thank you to all the vets, past and present. My father and a few Uncles were Korean War vets, and they never spoke about it, just went about their lives with a quiet dignity that only true men possess. Today is for them and all the other veterans who sacrificed more than most can fathom. Thank you ALL. And if that picture at the bottom doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you are not human.. Once again thank you to the men and women who sacrificed and afforded me and my family’s freedom

  3. mikec2014 says: May 26, 2014 11:21 AM

    How sad and what a commentary on our society that comments abound on the nonsense and minutiae of the daily sports scene and not 1 comment on the relevance and meaningfulness of this day. Thank you, all you brave souls for sacrificing for all our freedoms.

  4. raiderufan says: May 26, 2014 1:16 PM

    My brother in law is in Afghanistan right now….we miss and love him! 1 more month till he’s home safe!

    Thinking of and wishing well for all the families of our heroes today!

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