Monday, May 28, 2012
Several years ago, there was a commercial on television asking viewers who they thought greatest American was. Pictures flashed across the screen, and each had made a contribution to history. However I thought about the faces I have never seen and the names that I have never heard, Americans that gave their lives fighting for this country. Although the pictures on my TV screen, were people that had in some way made a difference in this country, our military came to mind. These men and some women gave their lives fighting for a country that they loved, and a way of life they wanted to preserve. We have all heard stories of exceptional soldiers, who gave their lives protecting other soldiers. Their dedication was that strong and their conviction that deep. Looking at the question of the greatest American in that perspective, it seemed simple to me. The greatest American is anyone willing to fight for our country, and paying the ultimate price. Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer. The grills come out for the first time. The pool is ready, or maybe a day at the lake is planned. Whatever your plans may be, the Greatest Americans made these plans possible. We are able to enjoy this and every other day because of their sacrifices. We have taken this day and used it as just another holiday, rather than remembering the men and women that died serving in our military. This last Monday in May was once called Decoration Day, and became a federal holiday in 1971. This day of National Day of Mourning should not merely be a 3 day weekend but a remembrance of our fallen soldiers. There is a “National Moment of Remembrance” observed at 3:00 p.m. local time. We have the opportunity to pause for a few moments and think about what this day means. It should be a privilege for us as Americans to observe this moment and this day for what it stands for, and honoring those that gave their lives so that we have this day. It is indeed a privilege to be born in this country. May we never forget the ultimate sacrifices paid by those men and women serving in our military. The Greatest American is a group, not a single individual. Memorial Day is their day to be honored and it is our privilege to honor them.