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Raw Chatter

Ever stop to think about our freedoms.

The freedoms we enjoy in America didn't come without a price. And that price was heavy.

Monday marked Memorial Day -- a national holiday set aside to remember our brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives that we might have the freedoms we enjoy. More than a million men and women have lost their lives serving our country in times of war. That's the heavy price I alluded to earlier.

Today, alone, America is involved in two different wars and the loss of lives from those two wars continues to rise.

Those who have given of their lives are our nation's heroes. They should never be forgotten.

As Americans, we need to be ever grateful to our men and women in military uniform and go out of our way to speak to them -- no matter where that might be. They need to know that they are greatly appreciated by those of us whose freedoms they hold dear to their hearts. Our American military men and women do much for us. If we are to remain a free country, we should never ever take any of them for granted.

I'm sure that millions of Americans never gave Monday a passing thought. I figure those particular Americans could have cared less about the true meaning of why they had the day off. Many of them probably never prayed to God for the sacrifice of lives given up for them.

I say to those who felt that way, shame, shame, shame!

May those of us who are real patriots be ever so proud to stand up and recognize the sacrifices of those who gave all.

Our American military dead deserve to be remembered and honored with a national holiday.

And we, as free Americans, need to remember them. They never need to be forgotten.

Locally, those who have died defending our freedoms over the years, were remembered by local war veterans at the McDuffie County Courthouse in Thomson on Monday. Wreaths were laid to honor our military dead.

It's nice to see that war heroes are not forgotten, locally.

Ceremonies like the one in Thomson were done in cities and counties throughout our nation.

As we remembered the fallen heroes of past and present wars, I prayed that God would keep watch over all our military men and women in harm's way and protect them by day and night.

For fallen heroes, I asked God to comfort their families and may they somehow find peace knowing their loved ones were true American heroes.

And, Lord, please continue to bless the United States of America!

Web posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010

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